Marriage Information Updates

On July 22, 2014, Transgender Marylanders employed by the State will be able to have their gender transition surgeries covered under their state sponsored insurance plans. This move makes Maryland the third State in the Union to have insurance companies cover certain procedures for transgender employees.

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, thereby giving millions of same sex couples the same benefits and protections that have been enjoyed by heterosexual couples. The American Civil Liberties brought the suit on behalf of Edie Windsor who was legally married to her spouse, but because the IRS did not recognize same sex marriage, she was forced to pay almost $400,000 in estate taxes after the death of her spouse.

Question 6 passes in Maryland on November 6, 2012. Maryland became one of the first states in the country to pass Marriage Equality by referendum. It is only a matter of time until the entire United States will recognize that we all deserve equal rights under the law.
Thanks to all who supported these efforts and congratulations to Maryland, Maine, and Washington state.

Equality Maryland answers some very important questions about what it means now that the measure has passed in the State of Maryland. The article can be found here, but there is no substitute for seeking the advice of counsel for your particular situation.

Maryland became the eighth state to legalize marriage equality with the signatures of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch. Both the House of Delegates and the Maryland State Senate approved the measure last week. Governor O'Malley signed the measure into law this Thursday, March 1, 2012 amid cheers and sighs of relief.

Department of Justice ends defense of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) thanks to President Obama.

Visit the Freedom to Marry website for more details about how and why your vote counts.

March 4, 2011, the House Judiciary Committee for the State of Maryland passed the marriage bill for same-sex couples. The full House could vote as early as next week. Last month, the Senate passed the measure by a vote of 25-21.

Visit the Equality Maryland website to learn how to get involved in the fight for the rights for all to marry and receive the benefits that heterosexual couples innately enjoy.