Gay couples from Maryland flocked to Washington after it began sanctioning same-sex marriages, joining five states. Staff at D.C. Superior Court have been too busy to sort applications by state, but a spokeswoman said it appeared that at least 25 percent of the 151 license-seekers the first day were from Maryland. A key impetus for many was an opinion written by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on February, holding that Maryland should recognize same-sex nuptials performed out-of-state. That meant a marriage in Washington would remain valid after a couple returned home. In the emotional crucible of marriage politics, some lawmakers rushed to blunt the force of the opinion, which directly impacts only state agencies but was hailed by gay-rights advocates as a major step toward equality.Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.