Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, November 7, 2013

State Marriage Law Patchwork Puts Maryland Same-Sex Couples at Risk

From the Towson Patch:

When Emily Hecht-McGowan and her wife, Sharon McGowan, travel outside of Maryland with their 1-year-old daughter, they take a Pack ‘n Play crib, diapers, formula, snacks, a stroller, toys -- and lots of documents.

The documents, like the diapers, are necessary protections for their daughter, Sadie. If she had a health emergency in a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, a hospital may not recognize both Emily and Sharon as parents without documents to prove it.

“Because laws vary from state-to-state and because we don’t have nationwide recognition [as same-sex couples], couples still need to go through extra steps to ensure the security of their family,” said Emily Hecht-McGowan, who lives in Takoma Park.

Legal same-sex marriage in Maryland means both partners are recognized as parents.  But that recognition doesn’t automatically extend to the 35 states that currently restrict marriage to a man and a woman.

For the text of the full article, click here.


| Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference State Marriage Law Patchwork Puts Maryland Same-Sex Couples at Risk:


Same sex marriage is a hot button political issue all across the United States right now and will probably continue to be so for the forseeable future.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyer Matt Ingham | Nov 7, 2013 12:41:31 PM

Post a comment