by Les Sillars
Posted 7/19/12, 05:43 pm
Pro-marriage activists in Maryland have gathered 162,000 signatures, almost three times the number required, to force a referendum this fall on the state's law allowing same-sex marriage. Maryland is the latest of four states that will vote this fall on the issue.
The state's Democratic-controlled General Assembly legalized same-sex marriage in March and the law is slated to take effect in January 2013. If the referendum fails, Maryland could be the first state to institute homosexual marriage by legislation rather than by court order.