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Deane & Polyak v. Conaway

Status: Closed (Judgment)
Last Update: January 1, 2008

Plaintiffs in the marriage challenge
gather outside the Maryland Court.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit in Baltimore with the cooperation of Equality Maryland, charging that a state law denying same-sex couples the right to marry violates the Maryland Constitution. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of nine same-sex couples and a man whose partner recently passed away and would like to be able to marry a same-sex partner one day. The couples come from all walks of life -- a former civil rights worker, a bus driver, a paramedic, a teacher, a dentist and a former police officer. Some of the couples have been together for decades, and some are raising children.

Status: Loss. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled against our plaintiffs on September 18, 2007.

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