Same Sex Marriage

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Marriage has been defined as a legal and socially sanctioned marriage, usually between a man and a woman, which is regulated by laws, rules, customs, beliefs, and attitudes that prescribe the rights and duties of the partners’ and accords status to their offspring. The qualities of marriage that make it universal can often times be attributed to the functions it performs: procreation, care of children and their education and socialization, affection, and companionship. In the past, a marriage was rarely a matter of free choice and rarely motivated by romantic love. In fact in special societies where the extended family remains the basic unit, marriages are not of free choice but arranged by the family. The idea is for the larger family... View More »

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The state of Maryland does not have a definition of marriage per se but laws put in place regarding what type of marriage is allowed and prohibited. Under Title 2-201 (B), “Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid in this state.” Title 2 of the Family Law Article also establishes certain restrictions and requirements governing marriages in this State; each provision carrying its own fine or penalty. Individuals who are within certain degrees of relationships are prohibited from marrying. For example, [a man] an individual may not marry [his] the individuals grandmother, sister or daughter and if found guilty of this provision [he] the individual would be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine of $1,500. Any individual under the age of 15 is strictly prohibited from marriage and at the age of 15 the individual must have both parental or guardian consent and a certificate from a physician stating that the individual is pregnant or has already had the child. Parental consent OR a physician’s certificate is required for those individuals wanting to marry at 16 and 17 years of age. A marriage license is absolutely required to those individuals wishing to marry and must wait a specified period of time after the license is issued in order to proceed with the ceremony. Once legally married, the parties are entitled to many rights, responsibilities, and benefits. The Courts of Appeals observed in Conaway v. Deane, 401 Md. 219 (2007):

….we are directed to 339 Maryland laws that provide for benefits, conditioned on marital status, which ...

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