Maryland is a Mid-Atlantic state located on the East Coast of the United States.
The State of Maryland is the second most wealthy state in the United States.
Maryland possesses a great variety of topography, hence its nickname: "America in Miniature."
It ranges from sandy dunes dotted with seagrass in the east, to low marshlands teeming with water
snakes and large bald cypress near the bay, to gently rolling hills of oak forest in the Piedmont
Region, and mountain pine groves in the west.
Maryland has wide array of climates for a state its size. It depends on numerous variables,
such as proximity to water, elevation, and protection from northern weather due to downslope winds.
During the War of 1812, the British military attempted to capture the port of Baltimore, which
was protected by Fort McHenry. It was during this bombardment that the Star Spangled Banner was
written by Francis Scott Key.
Maryland has a large food-production sector. A large part of this is commercial
fishing, centered in Chesapeake Bay, but also including activity off the short Atlantic
seacoast. The largest catches by species are the blue crab, oysters,
striped bass, and menhaden.
Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and Baltimore City is the eighth
largest port in the nation.
Maryland Gay Issues:
Same-sex marriage case is pending
Has domestic violence laws that are gender neutral but apply to only household members
(Felony) Maximum Penalty: 10 Years & $1,000.00 Fine
Second-Parent Adoption For Gays And Lesbians
Trial courts have granted second-parent adoptions
Sexually Oriented Hate Crimes
Has hate crime laws that include crimes based in
sexual orientation or gender identity
State Nondiscrimination Laws
2001 - Laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation
Some Maryland Cities:
Aberdeen - Annapolis - Baltimore - Bethesda - Catonsville - Chestertown
Columbia - Crisfield - Delmar - Easton - Frederick - Hagerstown - Hancock
Havre de Grace - Ocean City - Princess Anne - Rock Hall - St. Michaels
Salisbury - Silver Spring - Snow Hill - Solomons Island - Tilghman Island
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