Md. couples exult after same-sex marriage OK'd

Nov 11, 2012 Full story: www.southfloridagaynews.com

Glen Dehn and Charles Blackburn steered clear of festive election night parties, opting to watch the returns from their Baltimore home for fear Maryland voters would reject the right of same-sex couples to wed. Turns out, there was nothing to worry about. With voters approving a ballot question legalizing same-sex marriage, wedding plans that were once hypothetical suddenly morphed into reality.

Gay couples such as Dehn and Blackburn, who have been together for 34 years, are now planning to wed and reap not only equal civil rights but the legal benefits that come through marriage. A casual marriage proposal Wednesday between the men, popped in half-jest many times before, carried practical significance for a couple denied for decades the right to wed. Blackburn said the significance of the vote hadn't fully sunk in, but that he and Dehn were already looking toward a February church wedding in Baltimore.

"I just think it'll be so special to be recognized as a member of society, a committed relationship in society," said Blackburn, who is 79. He and Dehn are among the couples who sued in 2004 to legalize gay marriage in the state, and though a judge initially ruled in their favor, the decision was later reversed by an appeals court.

The pitched, months-long debate even reached into professional sports when Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo publicly proclaimed his staunch support of gay marriage. "I'm so stoked. It's like I woke up and it's Christmas," Ayanbadejo said Wednesday. Full Story

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#1 Nov 11, 2012
It's going to be a great holiday season.

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#2 Nov 13, 2012
snyper wrote:
It's going to be a great holiday season.
I hope you're right.

I'm thrilled with the election results but also know that we must now make sure we follow up.

Stories like these are so important to tell now. With these stories hopefully we can prevent future horror stories like what happened to that one CA couple you've often mentioned. I lost the link but hope you remember who I'm talking about and will re-post it for me here.

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#4 Nov 14, 2012
DNF wrote:
<quoted text>I hope you're right.
I'm thrilled with the election results but also know that we must now make sure we follow up.
Stories like these are so important to tell now. With these stories hopefully we can prevent future horror stories like what happened to that one CA couple you've often mentioned. I lost the link but hope you remember who I'm talking about and will re-post it for me here.
NAMASTE
This one?

http://micro.pimpmywry.com/2010/04/list-of-me...

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#5 Nov 15, 2012
snyper wrote:
That's the one. Thanks for the link again.

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