This post is titled "In other news" because it's not directly related to Buddhism or Paganism but more of the evolution of my beliefs. The MD Senate has passed the bill approving gay marriage. It must now go to the House. Gov. O'Malley says that he will sign the bill. Meanwhile the Atty Gen released an opinion that MD should recognize gay marriages that are performed elsewhere. This opinion is effective immediately.
Before it was passed in the Senate, the bill was amended to allow officiants to refuse to perform the ceremony based on religious beliefs. For example, a Catholic or Morman priest would be able to decline to marry a gay couple. However, being an ordained Universal Life Church minister (shameless plug!), I will perform the ceremony provided that both parties are of legal age to enter into the marriage contract.