Sunday, July 30, 2006

Another Pending Defeat for Gay "Marriage"?

This one in Maryland.

The battle over same-sex “marriage” will go before Maryland’s highest court this fall, as the state’s Court of Appeals takes over a case challenging a state law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Nineteen homosexual and lesbian couples have sued the state for discrimination, claiming the state’s refusal to legally recognize same-sex “marriages” is unconstitutional.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge M. Brooke Murdock ruled in favour of the group last January, in a decision opponents said was out of step with state judicial consensus on the issue.

“I don’t think the same opinion would have been rendered in 90 percent of the other circuits in the state of Maryland,” said Maryland Senate President Thomas Miller, a Democrat, who opposed the ruling.

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. immediately filed an appeal with the Court of Special Appeals, but on Thursday the state’s highest court took over the case, the Baltimore Sun reported today.

Given Washington State and New York State rulings, it's entirely possible that Massachusetts will be mighty lonely out there--and the Mass Legislature has not yet implemented the ruling of Mad Margaret's SCOMA ruling on the issue.

On the other hand, Maryland, despite its original status as a Roman Catholic colony, is decidedly wacky on social issues.

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