O'Malley Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill
Maryland becomes eighth state to legalize gay marriage.
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 House and Senate 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 about evenly split on same-sex marriage.
The law will not take effect until January 2013.
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