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Feb 2, 2011

Kittleman to support Maryland same-sex marriage bill

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s former Senate Republican leader says he’ll break with his party and vote to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. Allan Kittleman said Wednesday he would vote for the plan, although he said he would not vote to end a filibuster of the measure. The Senate Republican Caucus voted Tuesday to oppose the […]

Jan 25, 2011

Maryland lawmakers to outline same-sex couple bill

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s Senate and House majority leaders are holding a news conference to talk about their proposed Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act to recognize same-sex couples. Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery, and House Majority Leader Kumar Barve, D-Montgomery, will outline details of the measure on Tuesday. The legislation seeks to end […]

Jan 14, 2011

Baltimore County ‘marrying judge’ accepts private reprimand

Maryland District Judge G. Darrell Russell Jr. has agreed to a private reprimand for having performed the marriage of a domestic violence suspect to his alleged victim, then dismissing the criminal complaint because the newlywed wife could not testify against her husband. The Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities issued the sanction following the criminal trial, […]

Nov 3, 2010

Gay-rights groups see election as major setback

NEW YORK — Gay-rights activists celebrated a few bright spots on Election Day, but they also suffered some major setbacks — including losses by key supporters in Congress and the ouster of three Iowa Supreme Court judges who had ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. On both sides of the marriage debate, the Iowa vote […]

Oct 13, 2010

Tetso jurors hear tapes of couple’s fights

Jurors in the murder trial of Dennis Tetso on Wednesday heard more than two hours of phone conversations between Tetso and his wife, Tracey Gardner-Tetso, who has not been seen since March 6, 2005. The conversations played in Baltimore County Circuit Court were recorded through Gardner-Tetso’s employer between late 2004 and early 2005. The couple’s […]

Aug 26, 2010

The wedding plainer: Fake cakes, used centerpieces help cut costs

At Scott Sutton and Devin LeFata’s wedding next month, don’t eat the cake. At least not the tiered impostor that will be on display during their reception at the Engineer’s Club in Mount Vernon. What’s beneath the frosting won’t be butter cream-flavored, but rather perfect rounds of Styrofoam — surprisingly deceptive in appearance, but unsurprisingly […]

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