Jul 28, 2014
71°
Partly Cloudy

O'Malley Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Maryland becomes eighth state to legalize gay marriage.

O'Malley Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed Maryland's same-sex marriage bill into law Thursday, drawing cheers from the crowd of supporters gathered in Annapolis, The Washington Post reported.

Maryland becomes the eighth state in the country to legalize gay marriage, also joining the District of Columbia.

The measure passed the  and  last month, and supporters expect the issue to face referendum in November. Its approval by voters would hardly be guaranteed, however, as an October poll found that Marylanders were .

The law will not take effect until January 2013.

What do you think about the issue? Vote in our poll and share your views in the comments.

Don’t miss updates from Patch!