Maryland General Assembly Back in Session - The Debate Over Same Sex Marriage Continues...

Maryland General Assembly Back in Session - The Debate Over Same Sex Marriage Continues...

<p>Last week our legislature returned to Annapolis to begin this year&rsquo;s session. What will they be considering over its 90 day session? No one knows for certain. On average, in any given session, our senators and delegates will be acting on over 2000 bills. Last year 2,353 were introduced, and of those 707 passed. Included in those that passed was at least one big change for family-law attorneys: now couples can get a divorce after being separated for just 1 year &ndash; rather than the old 2 year waiting period requirement that couples had to suffer through before being able to file for divorce if their separation wasn&rsquo;t considered voluntary.</p> <p>While we don&rsquo;t know all the bills that will be introduced this year, there is talk about what will be proposed &ndash; like Governor O&rsquo;Malley mentioning that he may propose increasing the state&rsquo;s sale tax from 6% to 7%. Another topic that is sure to be revisited this year is the matter of same sex marriage. Last year proposed legislation passed the Senate but failed in the House. But a lot has changed in a year &ndash; even Governor O&rsquo;Malley changed his tune and has since zealously stated that his office would fully support the bill. Gay-marraige advocates have also been working diligently to gain other powerful supporters to help ensure the bill pushes through this year. But not surprising, opponents seem to be working just as hard to stop the bill from passing. So will Maryland finally legalize gay marriage . . . Let&rsquo;s hope so. And, if so what does that mean for divorce attorneys? Stay tuned, for this is sure to be an interesting session . . .</p>

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