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Same-Sex Couples Set to Marry New Year's Day in Maryland

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TILGHMAN ISLAND, Md.- Preparations are under way at the Black Walnut Point Inn and the Tilghman Island Inn in Talbot County for Tuesday's first same-sex weddings.

Those wedding venues were booked before Maryland's same-sex marriage referendum even passed back in the fall.  

"Days before we were getting flooded with phone calls, days before asking when could we do it, when could they get married," said Tracy Staples, who is the owner of Black Walnut Point.

Staples calls the added business icing on the cake.

"A lot of corporations in the area say they are same-sex marriage-friendly but their whole infrastructure does not lend itself to the history of that," Staples said. "So therefore as a result we know this, and so the whole island philosophy is why go where you are tolerated, and why not come here where you are celebrated."

Down the road at the Tilghman Island Inn, owner David McCallum hopes by Maryland's legalization of same-sex marriage, it will have a big economic impact on the state.

"The more people who are looking for space to get married the better it is for all the businesses that are involved, and statistics show that in New York it's had a significant impact and I would think it would have a similar impact here in Maryland," McCallum said.

On New Years Day there will be more weddings held at these venues than usual.

"We are full tomorrow to capacity and yes at this point in time we have four weddings we are doing separately tomorrow," Staples said.

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