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Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Being Issued in Maryland

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File photo of a gay couple holding hands. (credit: HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Same-sex couples can begin getting marriage licenses in Maryland, though they won’t go into effect until Jan. 1.

Gov. Martin O’Malley on Thursday is scheduled to sign the proclamation affirming that Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage in a ballot question last month.

Attorney General Doug Gansler wrote in a legal opinion last week that the signature will officially enable couples to get a marriage license.

Gansler noted that clerks of court in Maryland counties will not be required to issue licenses before the Jan. 1 effective date of the law.

Montgomery County and Baltimore city, two of Maryland’s largest jurisdictions, are allowing same-sex couples to get marriage licenses on Thursday.

One woman waiting for the Montgomery County Courthouse in Rockville to open this morning says she is ecstatic to be finally be able to marry her long-time partner.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow WNEW on Twitter.

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