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Gansler Says Utah Same-Sex Marriages Valid In Md.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s attorney general says he believes recent same-sex marriages legally performed in Utah would be recognized in Maryland.

Doug Gansler made the statement Friday in response to a letter from the Human Rights Campaign to him and 17 other attorneys general.

A federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage last month, and hundreds of couples got married. The U.S. Supreme Court intervened this week and put a halt to the weddings until the courts sort out the matter. Utah then declared it would not recognize the weddings.

Gansler says Maryland will continue to recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriages.

In 2010, Gansler issued an opinion that legal gay marriages in other states are valid in Maryland.

Same-sex marriages became legal in Maryland last year.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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