ACLU Lauds Attorney General Opinion that Same-Sex Couples Can Marry on Jan 1

November 29, 2012



November 29, 2012


CONTACT: Meredith Curtis, ACLU of Maryland, 410-889-8555;


The following quote can be attributed to David Rocah, staff attorney for the ACLU of Maryland, who is available for media interviews:


"The ACLU is glad that the Attorney General has issued an opinion clarifying several important questions related to the implementation of Maryland's marriage equality law.  We think it is a thorough and well-reasoned opinion, and we expect that, in line with the opinion, county clerks throughout the state will quickly begin accepting applications for marriage licenses, and will start issuing the licenses after December 6, with a January 1 effective date. There are many people who have literally waited a lifetime to get married, and they should not have to wait any longer than necessary after December 31 to do so.  Additionally, the Attorney General opinion is helpful in clarifying the effects of out of state marriages and civil unions on who can and cannot marry here, and in instructing clerks to avoid the use of any stigmatizing language in implementing Maryland's marriage equality law."