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James S. Alesi

Gay marriage: A tale of two states

Gay marriage: A tale of two states

The storylines were similar: A divided state legislature grapples with the emotional question of whether to allow same-sex couples to marry. But several plot twists — an ambitious Democratic governor as the main character, a multimillion-dollar outreach effort and the involvement of key Republicans — led New York to a different final scene than in Maryland. Same-sex marriage activists in Maryland said Monday that they are studying the success of their counterparts in New York, which over the weekend became the sixth state to allow gay couples to marry. The Marylanders, whose own efforts fell short during the 2011 legislative session, say they are planning to adopt some of...