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Md. couples exalt after same-sex marriage OK'ed

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Gay couples across Maryland are talking up future wedding plans now that voters have authorized their right to marry.

Voters on Tuesday approved a ballot question that legalized same-sex marriage. Now some couples are planning their nuptials after years of such talk being merely hypothetical.

A Maryland couple together for almost three decades is finally tying the knot.

Teresa Williams and Jo Deutsch decided long ago that they would hold off getting married until it was legal to do so in the state they love.

Williams and Deutsch have raised three children together and never thought it would be possible for them to marry legally in Maryland.

The couple had been making plans to celebrate their 30th anniversary together with a large party next year. Now they say that party will become a wedding.

Charles Blackburn of Baltimore says he expects to marry Glen Dehn, his partner of 34 years. He says it'll feel special to be recognized as an equal member of society.

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into a law a same-sex marriage bill, but opponents collected enough signatures for a ballot referendum. Supporters of gay marriage mounted a wide coalition to overcome the opposition.

Voters in Maine passed same-sex marriage by popular vote while Minnesota voters defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage.


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