Governor Martin O'Malley today issued the following statement on the unanimous decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals that valid, out-of-state same-sex marriages must be recognized in Maryland:
"Today's unanimous decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals confirms that the policy of recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages that we have implemented in the Executive Branch is valid and consistent with the law. To treat families differently under the law because they happen to be led by gay or lesbian couples is not right or just. Today's decision is another step forward in our efforts to ensure that every child is protected equally under the law. As a free and diverse people, the way forward is always to be found through greater respect for the equal rights of all; for the human dignity of all."