Yesterday, the Maryland Court of Appeals (the highest level of appellate court in Maryland) held that same-sex couples do not have the right to get married. Click here for the 242 page opinion. This case has been followed closely by proponents on both sides of the issue all over the country as the States grapple with the issue. I will not delve into my personal beliefs on this issue, however, I will point out from my perspective as a family law attorney that people living together need to be mindful of the legal issues in owning property together, sharing expenses and the like. You may find that you have fewer rights and more headaches litigating these issues in the event of a break-up, and may be hurt financially without proper planning.