Love In The New Year: Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Legal In Maryland

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As of today, gay couples can wed in Maryland.

The mark of the new year means big changes and new beginnings. And for many same-sex couples, today is a huge day in love. As of midnight, gay couples in Maryland, could legally tie the knot.

Same-sex weddings in Maryland are expected to generate up to $90 million a year for the state economy, according to CBS

Gay couples in Maine got the chance to say 'I do' at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, when the law went into effect there.

In addition to Maine, Maryland and Washington — which were all approved through the popular vote in Novemeber — gay marriage is now legal in New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

While there's still a long way to go for marriage equality (the federal government still doesn't recognize same-sex marriage but will address it this year), the fact that it's now legalized in more states, as well as recent proof that it improves mental health, is pointing in the right direction for 2013.

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