Congratulations to another state recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry after voter approval – Maryland joins Maine and Washington as civilized states in our union. Happy 2013 to the Marylanders ushering in a new era of civil rights for its residents. (Baltimore Sun):

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Day, not long after fireworks had erupted at the Inner Harbor, James Scales and William Tasker kissed in the ceremonial room of Baltimore City Hall — sealing their new marriage as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who’d just officiated the ceremony, looked on.

Then Scales, a manager in the mayor’s office since William Donald Schaefer was in charge, threw up his right hand, Tasker beamed, and the room erupted in cheers.

“It just means a lot to be able to spend the rest of our lives together, and legally,” Scales, 68, said of his marriage to Tasker, 60, his partner of 35 years.

And, as we’ve seen time and again when marriage equality blooms, the world survives, heterosexual marriages continue (and don’t fall apart any faster than they would have otherwise), procreation and family-building continues. From the Baltimore ABC affiliate: