Same-sex couples are going to Maryland to get married

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Same-sex couples are going to Maryland to get married


This week, a federal judge recognized an out of state marriage of a gay couple in Ohio even though Ohio has a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages.  This couple had traveled to Maryland to get married.

Montgomery County, Maryland welcomes non-residents as well as local residents to get married in the County. The marriage license application takes only about 15 minutes to complete and the cost for the license is only $55.  The marriage license must be purchased at least 48 hours before the marriage ceremony and non-residents can apply by mail.

Those that wish to get married at the Montgomery County Judicial Center can schedule a ceremony for which there is a $25 fee.  Dolores and I recently attended a marriage ceremony at the County office and it was very nicely done. They have a chapel-like facility adjoining the licensing office.

So, with a little planning, out of state couples can get married in Montgomery County, Maryland for a total of $80.  There is an additional $5.50 fee for each certified copy of the marriage license. The certified copies can be used as proof of the marriage.

Why is this information important for service providers, including real estate professionals?  Even though same-sex marriages are allowed in only a dozen or so states, these couples can go to states that do allow the marriages and will then be eligible for additional federal and state benefits. In the recent Ohio case, one of the benefits is that the spouse will be allowed to be buried in a family cemetery where plots are restricted to direct descendants and spouses.

Laws and regulations regarding same-sex marriages are rapidly changing and is a good idea to obtain legal advice on the best way to take title for a home purchase or for estate planning.



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Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

This is good information to know Roy.  Sounds like same sex couples can get a nice wedding in MD for a pretty decent price too!

Jul 24, 2013 02:14 AM #1
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Thanks Roy.

Jul 24, 2013 02:31 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is important information, and recently CA reversed the ban on same sex marriages...  Also when it comes to advertising a listing, one has to include all types of families.  We cannot say, "walk to school", because it is inconsiderate to the child in a wheelchair...A

Jul 24, 2013 02:39 AM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, this amendment has passed in Colorado too, and we are seeing many same sex marriages.    I have clients that have been together for 20 years, and glad now they can be married.

Jul 24, 2013 02:47 AM #4
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Roy: You are right, the rules (and laws) are changing and it makes sense to fully understand these changes.  Thanks for sharing this important consumer information.

Jul 24, 2013 03:11 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your comments are very much appreciated.  Same-sex couples that are relocating to the Washington, DC Metro Area are opting to live in Maryland rather than Virginia if they do not wish to be in the District of Columbia.


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Jul 24, 2013 03:16 AM #6
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and afternoon Roy, folks sure will appreciate you posting this helpful info on getting Married in Maryland.

Some folks might want to know, is Montgomery County the only area which does it in Maryland?

Have a good one


Dale in New Hampshire

Jul 24, 2013 04:22 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good point, Dale. Same-sex couples can get married anywhere in Maryland. I promote the Montgomery County location because this is a large county, with a million people, and the county has a very responsive Licensing Department. And, people coming to our market is good for local businesses.

Jul 24, 2013 04:33 AM #8
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I know 2 different gay agent couples who have raised children perhaps better then some same sex couples I know. If two men or woman are together then they should be able to share insurance benefits, pensions or anything that heterosexual marriage offers.

Time for America to grow up.

Jul 26, 2013 09:06 AM #9
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Thanks for sharing your nice flower with us Roy.

Jul 26, 2013 09:59 AM #10
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Roy,

This is very good news and very helpful. Thanks for sharing for your readers.

Jul 26, 2013 04:45 PM #11
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Roy, this is great information regarding the marriage of same sex marriage.

Jul 26, 2013 10:20 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for your comments.

Have an outstanding week.


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Jul 26, 2013 10:55 PM #13
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