Same-sex marriage ceremonies begin in Maryland



Darcia Anthony, left, and her partner, Danielle Williams, chat before participating in a marriage ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Same-sex couples in Maryland are now legally permitted to marry under a new law that went into effect after midnight on Tuesday. Maryland is the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to approve same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE — Same-sex couples are holding marriage ceremonies in Maryland, the first southern state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

James Scales, who is marrying William Tasker on Tuesday right after midnight, said shortly before the big moment that he could hardly believe he is finally marrying his partner of 35 years.

Scales, who has worked for the Baltimore mayor’s office for 25 years, is being married by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at City Hall.

Ceremonies are taking place in other parts of the state as well.

Same-sex couples in Maryland have been able to get marriage licenses since December 6, but they did not take effect until Tuesday.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have approved same-sex marriage.

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  • cantonese

    All those people hiding in the closet will be able to come out in a while, after the Divorce law. Mr belmonte was so intrigue to pass that into law. All out mo na ang lahat na kalintikang LAW habang si P’noy pa ang nakaupo mr belmonte.

  • kilabot

    “Because they do this, God has given them over to shameful passions. Even the women pervert the natural use of their sex by unnatural acts.” 
    “In the same way the men give up natural sexual relations with women and burn with passion for each other. Men do shameful things with each other, and as a result they bring upon themselves the punishment they deserve for their wrongdoing.” (rom 1:26-27)

    the world agenda is to make the abnormal the new normal; 
    1) dangerous drugs; 
    2) same-sex marriage; 
    3) man-beast union; 
    4) prostitution; 
    5) pedophilia; 
    6) abortion; 

    the agenda is being pushed around the world; 
    some countries have already legalized one or more of the agenda items; 
    the push is intensifying; targeting world leaders and people of influence; 
    uk, france, netherlands, spain, sweden, southafrica, argentina and canada have fallen; 
    obama, clinton and carter have fallen; the whole usa may fall soon; 
    noykapon has fallen; so do many ph politicians and academics; ph on the verge of falling; 

    everything will be redefined; 
    freedom means free condom; 
    $sodomy becomes love; bestialisex is affection; a toilet bowl becomes a sex object; 
    a junkie is chic; a prostitute is enterprising; 
    adopting the agenda is equated to progress, prosperity and advancement; 

    the idea is to make the world one big orgy; all people thinking, behaving and acting alike; 
    one world order; the reign of the great pervert; 
    there will be no more right nor wrong; there is only normal perversion; 

    time to choose which side you are on; fence-sitting not recommended. 

    No to perversion! 

    • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      train up your children to walk in the path of goodness and no matter what the world does, they will follow you. lead by example, you can’t control the world, but you can make a change within your sphere of control :)

      • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        iniquity shall have its moment in the sun. don’t worry. man’s law’s are there to protect those who are morally weak from persecution by the self-righteous. if you know something is wrong, don’t do it. if your child’s school pushes them to immorality, speak out. ;)

  • Petrus_Romanus

    1 Corinthians 6
    9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    • panhase

       So you mean to say that Catholic priests will not inherit the kingdom of God?

      • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        why? do all of them fall into those categories? i’m sorry they’re not sinless like you are. 

    • $23228448

      that would eliminate most  filipinos

      • Kram Devil

        I hope you are happy dudley.  After 40 years, you can now have sex!!! Finally!

      • $23228448

        ah your Driveway doesn’t quite reach the road. 

    • Petrus_Romanus

      Galatians 5
      19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

  • Pitbulldog

    America decades ago was once a progressive and wealthy country worthy of emulation and the envy of the rest of the world.  It has now become decadent morally, spiritually and slowly, economically.  Filipinos should stop trying to emulate whatever is “in” in that land of pereversion and immorailty.  Sana ang magpapauso ng same sex marriage sa Pinas, igisa sa kumukulong mantika.  Di naman kayo pinakikialaman kung ano pinaggagawa nyo.  Magsama kayo kung gusto nyo, mag espadahan kayo, wala kaming paki.  Pero iyong pati kami ay maniniwala sa kabulastugan ng gay marriage na yan, manigas kayo mga buseeet.

  • Fred

    Tuwang tuwa siguro sina Piolo Pascual, Raymond Gutierrez, Jed Maddela, Butch Francisco, Boy Abunda, Ricky Lo, Vice Ganda, Sweet John Lapus, BB Gandanghari, Pooh, atbp!

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