Governor Martin O'Malley

Governor Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) speaks to the crowd gathered during a fundraiser for marriage equality at Jimmy's, atop the James Hotel in downtown Manhattan. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / September 13, 2012)

If any bureaucratic hurdles remain to implementing same-sex marriage, Gov. Martin O'Malley wants them identified and resolved quickly.

The governor sent a directive to his cabinet Thursday requesting all state agencies "work expeditiously" to give equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in Maryland. 

"Many areas of Maryland law address marital status – including insurance, taxes, governmental benefits, and property – and many State agencies will be required to update their policies and practices," O'Malley wrote, urging cabinet members to his Office of Legal Counsel if any barriers arise. 

Earlier this week, the state comptroller refuted a report that same-sex couples would be unable to file joint tax returns.