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Close-up view of a State of Maryland marriage certificate seen on... News PhotoCertificate,Chesapeake Bay,Close-up,Horizontal,Maryland - State,Setting,Social Issues,USAPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPClose-up view of a State of Maryland marriage certificate seen on January 1, 2013 at Black Walnut Point Inn on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. New Year's Day marked the first day of same-sex marriage in Maryland, one of nine US states that recognize marriage equality. in Maryland. New Year's Day marked the first day of same-sex marriage in Maryland, one of nine US states that recognize marriage equality. AFP PHOTO Robert MacPherson. (Photo credit should read Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)