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Maryland Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage

Thursday, 01 Mar 2012 05:40 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) — Maryland's governor has signed a measure legalizing gay marriage, joining seven other states and the Washington capital district.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, signed the bill Thursday, a week after its final passage in the Legislature. The law is scheduled to take effect in January 2013.

However, opponents are expected to petition the law to a referendum on the November ballot.

Referendum organizers need to collect almost 56,000 signatures to put the measure before voters and are expected to rely heavily on churchgoers who oppose same-sex marriage as a matter of faith, to reach that goal.

Some pastors in predominantly black churches have begun using their sermons to push the referendum.

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