Maryland legalizes gay marriage

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Supporters react after Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, center, signed the Civil Marriage Protection Act in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, March 1, 2012. Also pictured with O'Malley are Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, left, and Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch, right. Maryland is the eighth state to legalize gay marriage. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Maryland's governor signed into law Thursday a bill to legalize gay marriage, although opponents vowed to rally voters to reverse the change this fall in a referendum that's even anticipated by advocates of the new law.

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