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Maryland threatens the sanctity of divorce

Maryland threatens the sanctity of divorce

American family values are under siege again, this time in Maryland.

Two centuries of American jurisprudence and millennia of human experience are at the mercy of the state's Court of Appeals. The decision of the seven-judge panel may corrupt one of the most fundamental institutions of civilization: divorce. First some courts let kids divorce their parents. Now Maryland's appellate court has to decide if the state should sanctify the separation of a married same-sex couple.

Gay marriage isn't currently legal in Maryland — legislation allowing it was recently signed by Gov.Martin O'Malley, but it doesn't take effect until next year. In the meantime, the court is being forced to...