The Maryland Court of Appeals  has ruled in favor of a 34-year-old state law banning same-sex “marriage” in a 4-3 split.

From (ugh) The Washington Post: The red letters are mine.

In reversing a lower court’s Baltimore City Circuit decision, the divided Court of Appeals ruled that limiting marriage to a man and a woman does not discriminate against gay couples or deny them Maryland constitutional rights. Although the judges acknowledged that gay men and lesbians have been targets of discrimination, they said the prohibition on same-sex marriage promotes the state’s interest in heterosexual marriage as a means of having and protecting children.


Chief Judge Robert M. Bell issued a sharp dissent, accusing the majority of failing to recognize gay people as a “suspect class,” a group that warrants special protection from discrimination. Bell dismissed the majority view that gays are politically empowered and should not be viewed as such a class. Wait, wait, wait!  Is CJ Bell really saying that the key distinction of a Suspect Class, that is, lack of franchise, should be ignored?  So now any group of people who are made to feel bad are a Suspect Class?!?!

 My favorite part of the article is this:

But the judges appeared to invite gay rights advocates to pursue their goals through the political system: “Our opinion should by no means be read to imply that the General Assembly may not grant and recognize for homosexual persons civil unions or the right to marry a person of the same sex,” Judge Glenn T. Harrell Jr. wrote for the majority.  Translation: “We would really love to rewrite the law here, guys, but this potato is too damn hot!  So let’s [thud] punt this sucker back over to the state house.”

There can be no further appeal, as there is no Federal issue, and I doubt the Assembly will do anything to change the law anytime soon.  Maryland, you may now exhale.