Well, that didn’t take long. The day after Maryland voters upheld the legalization of same-sex marriage, Baltimore launched a dedicated microsite promoting the city as the perfect location for happy LGBT couples planning their nuptials. Starting January 1, 2013 couples can obtain a civil marriage license from the state and hold their special day in the “Charm City”.

The city’s stellar array of historic sites, museums and other magnificent spaces can provide the backdrop for your special day to match your personality and style. Whether planning an intimate affair or a full blown gala, Baltimore is doing its best to pitch itself as the ideal location. You can use Baltimore’s tourism board and their free planning assistance to help ease the stress of wedding preparations. They can provide help in securing accommodations and group rates and suggestions for venues and vendors. The microsite also provides practical information on how to obtain a marriage license.

“We encourage the LGBT community to visit Baltimore to celebrate their commitments to one another,” says Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore. “As a city, we have long been proud to support the rights and equality of our visitors, and the legalization of same-sex marriage is another important step forward.”

Maryland and Maine became the first two states to pass same sex marriage via public vote with results of Washington’s vote still being counted. Maryland and Maine join six other states that offer same-sex marriage, including Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, plus the District of Columbia and two Native American tribal jurisdictions, the Coquille Tribe of Oregon and the Suquamish tribe of Washington.
For more information on LGBT marriage licenses, wedding venues, accommodations and honeymoon suggestions, visit www.baltimore.org/lgbt-weddings.