This morning, I signed a proclamation officially confirming the results of the 2012 election. This means that Maryland courthouses can now issue licenses to same-sex couples to get married starting in January 2013.
After months of hard work, we came together to pass a bill that treats everyone fairly and equally under the law while protecting religious freedom. We then became the first state ever to defend marriage equality at the ballot box.
We still face tremendous challenges as a nation, but it is my sincere hope that we can come together to meet those challenges with greater respect for the dignity of every individual.