According to Patch, gay couples from marriage discrimination states are flocking to Anne Arundel County in Maryland. Between July 1 and September 30, 2013, more than half of the same-sex marriage licenses were issued to out of state couples. Florida, North Carolina and Virginia contributed the most couples. Gay couples from as far away as Arizona traveled to Maryland to legally tie the knot.

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court struck down section three of DOMA ruling that legally married gay couples are entitled to federal recognition of their marriages. Since then, federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service and the US Department of Labor have ruled that recognition applies regardless of the couple’s state of residence. This has added impetus to “marriage tourism.”

These couples and their families are likely spending money in Maryland that would otherwise go to their home states. It is my opinion that every committed gay couple who would marry should marry, regardless of what state they live in.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.