Gov. Martin O'Malley signed Maryland's same-sex marriage bill into law Thursday, drawing cheers from the crowd of supporters gathered in Annapolis, The Washington Post reported.
Maryland becomes the eighth state in the country to legalize gay marriage, also joining the District of Columbia.
The measure passed the and last month, and supporters expect the issue to face referendum in November. Its approval by voters would hardly be guaranteed, however, as an October poll found that Marylanders were .
The law will not take effect until January 2013.
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