Delay criticized in same-sex union ruling

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January 29, 2010


"Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee took aim at the state's attorney general Thursday, accusing him at a hearing of playing politics with a highly anticipated opinion on whether Maryland law will honor same-sex marriage certificates issued by other states.

"The opinion was requested in May, and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has not yet ruled, prompting Del. Don H. Dwyer of Anne Arundel County to say the lengthy deliberation process has 'become political in nature.'

"...Susan Sommer, an attorney from the gay rights firm Lambda Legal, said recognition of same-sex marriages in New York has caused little turmoil. 'The Big Apple has not tumbled,' she said. 'It has meant that people do not have to check their marriages when they cross state lines.'"