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Same-sex couples begin getting marriage licenses in Maryland

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A majority of Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage in the fall election, and Thursday was the first day same-sex couples could apply and receive a marriage license.

Governor Martin O'Malley signed a proclamation Thursday affirming the popular vote.

Attorney General Doug Gansler issued a legal opinion last week that would allow couples to pick up a license before January 1, the effective date of the law.

All couples have to wait 48 hours after applying for a license to get married. This will allow gay couples who want a romantic January 1st wedding the ability to have one. The courts will be closed that day for a holiday, but getting a license early would allow couples to get married at a church or other location on January 1.

There was apparently no stampede to get the licenses. Two of the state's biggest jurisdictions issued licenses, including Montgomery County, where only two licenses were approved.

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