A Maryland delegate says a plan by the nation's leading gun rights group to file a lawsuit to overturn the state's recently passed firearms bill is meeting some resistance among activists.
Courts can immediately begin processing marriage license applications to allow wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples in Maryland on New Year's Day, according to an opinion issued Thursday by the state's attorney general.
A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of Maryland's controversial requirement that legal gun owners have a "good and substantial reason" to carry concealed weapons.
Marylanders hoping to apply for a concealed-carry handgun permit without providing a "good and substantial reason" will have to wait until a federal court can decide this fall whether the state's law is unconstitutional.
A federal judge has ordered Maryland officials to stop enforcing a law barring state residents from receiving concealed-carry handgun permits unless they provide a "good and substantial reason" to carry their weapons in public.
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Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on Wednesday braced supporters of gay marriage rights in Maryland for a long battle and urged them to work hard throughout the state to persuade voters to support equal rights under the law for same-sex couples.
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday announced the appointment of panel members to study the short- and long-term effects of potential natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale in western Maryland.
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