WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay couples across Maryland are talking up future wedding plans now that voters have authorized their right to marry.

Voters on Tuesday approved a ballot question that legalized same-sex marriage. Now some couples are planning their nuptials after years of such talk being merely hypothetical.

Charles Blackburn of Baltimore says he expects to marry Glen Dehn, his partner of 34 years. He says it’ll feel special to be recognized as an equal member of society.

Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into a law a same-sex marriage bill, but opponents collected enough signatures for a ballot referendum. Supporters of gay marriage mounted a wide coalition to overcome the opposition.

Voters in Maine passed same-sex marriage by popular vote while Minnesota voters defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage.

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