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Maryland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) -- Maryland on Thursday became the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage after Gov. Martin O'Malleyon signed the bill into law.

The bill's passage in Maryland comes on the heels of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to veto legislation that would legalize gay marriage in that state.

Noting before the bill's signing that all people share a common thread of "human dignity," Gov. O'Malleyon remarked, according to The Baltimore Sun, "The way forward is always found through greater respect for the equal rights of all."

After signing the bill at the State House, Gov. O'Malleyon invited supporters to accompany him "across the street" for an open reception at the governor's mansion, reports The Baltimore Sun.

The law will take effect in 2013, though opponents of the measure have begun the process to have it overturned in November, according to the Sun.

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