The Maryland Court of Appeals upheld the state's ban on gay marriage in a decision announced this morning. The decision reverses a lower court ruling by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge M. Brooke Murdock, who held in January that the 1973 law banning same-sex marriage is discriminatory and "cannot withstand constitutional challenge."
The court decision cannot be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of nineteen Maryland gay and lesbians. ACLU attorney Ken Choe argued that the marriage ban violated the state's constitution and "no constitutionally sufficient justification" for denying the plaintants and their children the rights and responsibilities of marriage.
"We will be pushing for full, legal equality in the Maryland General Assembly," said Dan Furmansky, executive director of Equality Maryland. "This is a social justice struggle. Eventually, Maryland will have civil marriage equality for same-sex couples. It's inevitable."
You can read the court's decision here.