In the 17 years since Katie Cleary and Sharon Dongarra first locked eyes in the kitchen of an Arby's restaurant, they have shared a first, tentative kiss, traded letters across continents, set up a home, exchanged vows before family and friends, and nurtured a young daughter.
With same-sex marriage licenses officially set to go into effect Jan. 1, many gay and lesbian couples around the state have been eager to celebrate their unions on New Year's Eve – and Harford County is no exception.
Baltimore County police say precious-metal dealers' transaction records enable them to track stolen property as it starts its way through an elaborate black market. But incomplete paperwork, or, the lack of paperwork is not uncommon among gold buyers who might be enticed to overlook procedures because payoffs can be big.
With approval of the Civil Marriage Protection Act referendum on Election Day, Baltimore gays and lesbians, including Homeland residents Lisa Polyak and Gita Deane, the lead plaintiffs in an unsuccessful lawsuit against the city to have a marriage license issue to them, say passage of Question 6 is "good for the dignity" of same sex couples.
Employers and government officials in Maryland touted the economic benefits of same-sex marriage law, including improving workplace conditions, helping employers attract and retain talent and boosting tourism and wedding-related business