Dr. Zeiger has announced that the “Celebration of Life for Dori Anne Steele” will be held at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel in College Park, Maryland from 12 noon to 2pm on Sunday, May 23, 2010.
Dr. Zeiger views this event as a time of healing for all those who knew Dori as a dear friend, passionate writer, competent colleague, and a loyal, loving family member. Dori was a great person and to know her was to love her. She touched many with her sweet personality and unpretentious spirit. Dr. Zeiger invites you to come and share your thoughts on this beautiful woman, who will be missed tremendously, much more than words can say.

The Gazette newspaper ran an article on April 14, 2010 about Dori's life and some of the reasons surrounding what seems to many, an untimely and shocking passing of the brightly shining star, we called Dori. No article could adequately cover her entire life, but this will give many of you reasons for her death. Dr. Zeiger hopes this will answer many of your questions and hopes it helps all who knew her to move through the healing process.

Memorial contributions can still be made to Food and Friends, 219 Riggs Rd. NE, Washington, DC 20011 or Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, Utah 84741-5000. As many of you know, Dori was a great lover of animals and this may be one of the best ways to honor her memory.

Dr. Zeiger and her late spouse Dori Anne Steele, who were legally married in Canada and California, will now have their union recognized in Maryland. Due to the unexpected death of Dori, they will not be able to fully realize that end. However, you can still read below for more details on how Maryland will now recognize same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere.
Although this has been an extremely difficult period for Dr. Zeiger,she is continuing to see clients and teach her class at the University of Maryland. If you would like to make an appointment, call the office at the number listed below or send an email to her.

Upcoming events

“Celebration of Life for Dori Anne Steele”
will be held at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel in College Park, Maryland. The service will run from 12 noon to 2pm on Sunday, May 23, 2010. All are invited to share your thoughts and memories of a beautiful spouse, friend, teacher, dog mom, aunt, sister, writer and poet.

Memorial Service for Dori Anne Steele, spouse of Dr. Robyn Zeiger on March 9, 2010 at 3:00pm.
The address is 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Dr. Zeiger will also have another Memorial Service for Dori at the University of Maryland Chapel in College Park at a later date. Please check here frequently for details.

In the press

August 2012
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is spending another $1M dollars on same-sex marriage measures. Of that,$250K is coming to Maryland. You can read more about this in the Washington Post article dated August 6, 2012.

March 2012
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed the Marriage Equality Bill into law on Thursday, March 1, 2012, thereby giving Maryland the distinction of being the 8th state to legalize marriage for the LGBT community. This has been a hard fought battle and it is not over. Many opponents of the bill are seeking a referendum in the November 2012 elections. In the meantime, Dr. Zeiger and her spouse Stacey Williams gave their thoughts on the measure to a reporter from the Baltimore Sun.
Pennsylvania's Channel 16 News also interviewed the couple while at the signing of the bill into law. Click here to read the article.
Alice Popovici from Reuters also interviewed Dr. Zeiger and her spouse Stacey about what the legislation meant to them.
You can also listen to an interview on NPR radio by clicking here.

February 2012
The Maryland House of Delegates passes the the Marriage Equality Bill, signaling that the Bill will pass in the Senate as it did last year, headed straight to Governor O'Malley's desk, where it will be signed into law. Visit the Equality Maryland site for more information.

December 2011
Read about Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of Placerville, California, and her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles who enjoyed the first same-sex kiss after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

March 2011
Join Sen. Feinstein and the Courage Campaign to Repeal DOMA. Sign up to join the campaign and have your voice heard. Donate if you can. We need every dollar available to fight the continued bigotry against same-sex couples and the entire LGBT community. This is a fight we must win!

The Washington Blade discusses the same-sex marriage bill debacle that the Maryland House of Delegates refused to vote on and its potential long-term impact on delaying the equal rights that we all deserve.

The Maryland House Judiciary Committee passed the same-sex marriage bill in a 12-10 vote, March 4, 2011. One year, almost to the day that DC passed into law its same-sex marriage bill. The Maryland Senate approved the measure last week. The bill will now move to the House floor for debate.

January 2011
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California is set to rule on allowing opponents of Prop 8 to appeal the lower court's ruling on whether or not Prop 8 is constitutional.

March 2010
DC Same-Sex Marriage Law takes effect today, March 3, 2010. Is Maryland far behind?

February 2010
A front-page article appearing in the February 26, 2010 Washington Post stated that State Attorney General, Doug Gansler unequivocally reported that the State of Maryland "will recognize same-sex marriages" lawfully performed in other jurisdictions. Of course, detractors are standing to the ready to defeat Mr. Gansler's position, but same-sex marriage proponents are just as ready to move Maryland legislators to finally legalize same-sex marriages.
This has been a long and protracted debate, but the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community can count this as a major win.
Read more about the issues on Equality Maryland.

June 2009
Maryland Attorney General, Doug Gansler set to study the legality of recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Click here to read the article first run on May 30, 2009 in the Baltimore Sun newspaper.

President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation to declare June 2009 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month”, which coincides with the Stonewall Inn incident of 1969. You must have Adobe Reader to read the Proclamation. Click on the link to download the free reader.

May 2009
Robyn and Dori were featured on the Equality Maryland “Family Spotlight” section discussing the journey of finally obtaining Domestic Partner benefits. Although this article is no longer available online, you can visit Equality Maryland to read about other families struggling with this issue.

You can also read about the ongoing discussion in the State of Maryland on marriage and the signing of the inheritance tax bill on the Washington Blade web site. Delegate Heather Mizeur mentions the conversation she had “with a constituent” - Robyn's and Dori's story - at the end of the article.
Robyn and Dori were also able to meet Governor O'Malley at the signing of the Inheritance Tax Exemption bill at the State House in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 19, 2009.

April 2009
Check out the Equality Maryland web site to read about Vermont becoming the fourth state in the Union to legalize same-sex marriage.

On April 3, 2009, Iowa became the first state in the midwest to approve same-sex marriage. You can read all about it on the Equality Maryland web site.

This has been an historic week for the LGBT community across the country. Although, we still have a long way to go, but with every victory, we can be assured that our struggle is worth the fight. We can only hope that those who come behind us will never know of this struggle.

March 2009
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has proposed legislation that would provide health care benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian state employees and their children. The articles listed below offer insight into this proposal and the impact it would have on many Maryland same-sex couples.
The mostly Democratic legislative committee is expected to approve the measure.

Dr. Zeiger and her late spouse, Dori Anne Steele were interviewed for their impressions of the impending Maryland State Legislation that will extend health coverage to the partners of University of Maryland gay and lesbian employees. This article first appeared in the March 2, 2009 edition of the Diamondback Newspaper.

February 2009
Although Dr. Zeiger and the late Dori Anne Steele were married in California last year, this marriage and others who took advantage of the law allowing same-sex couples to marry are now at risk. The California Supreme Court is set to hold hearings on the repeal of Proposition 8 on March 5, 2009.
A ruling is expected to be rendered within 90 days after the hearing. Currently, there is a moratorium on same-sex marriages in California while the court hears arguments from both sides of Proposition 8.
Stay tuned to hear the outcome of this very important ruling from the California Supreme Court. We will do our best to keep you informed on the outcome of these hearings and other measures across the country.

Click on the links below to read other related articles.

August 2008
Dr. Zeiger and the late Dori Anne Steele were married in Sonoma County, California on August 28, 2008.
The following sites offer information about the rulings and the political issues regarding same-sex marriage.

May 2008
Dr. Zeiger received the Lesbian and Gay Staff and Faculty Award, Champion of Our Community, for 2008.
The award was presented at the Lavender Graduation on Thursday, May 22, 2008 in the Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland College Park.
You can also read more about the event here.

Dr. Zeiger was quoted in the above Baltimore Sun article on May 4, 2008 concerning Governor O'Malley's inaction over gay rights. Read on to get Dr. Zeiger's take on this issue and how it impacts healthcare for domestic partners.

February 2008
Dr. Zeiger testified at the Maryland State Senate hearing for “The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act” on February 14, 2008. Although Dr. Zeiger is not specifically mentioned in the following articles, there are enough anecdotal stories to give you some insight into the proceedings. Washington Post Article, Human Rights Campaign Back Story.

Dr. Zeiger was also recently interviewed for a Washington Post Article appearing in the February 28, 2008 issue regarding pet loss.