Darcia Anthony, left, and Dani Williams, of Baltimore, celebrate their marriage just after midnight on Jan. 1. Six other same-sex couples also were being married at City Hall. Ceremonies were taking place in other parts of the state as well.
Same-sex couples in Maryland were greeted with cheers and noisemakers held over from New Year’s Eve parties, as gay marriage became legal in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line on New Year’s Day.
In total, nine states and the District of Columbia have approved same-sex marriage. The other states are Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington.