Top 5 Stories: Burrito Wars, Same Sex Marriage and Market House

Here's a quick look back at the biggest headlines of the week in Annapolis.

No. 1—Same Sex Couples Register to Marry in Annapolis

Three people visited the Circuit Courthouse in Annapolis to pick up a marriage license on the first day they were available to same-sex couples. The licenses will not be valid until Jan. 1 when the law, upheld by voters in November, takes effect.

No. 2—Police Seek Suspect in Drug Store Thefts
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Police are searching for a man in connection with a series of thefts from area drug stores. He is described as a black male in his 40s to early 50s. He has a gray, goatee-style beard and is between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 2 inches.

No. 3—Religious Wedding Vendor Seeks Exemption for Gay Marriages
An Annapolis wedding vendor plans to ask Maryland's General Assembly to give his company and others like him the right to refuse services to gay couples on religious grounds. "We’re a Christian-owned company, and we just can't support gay marriages," Discover Annapolis Tours owner Matt Grubbs said. "We're not trying to make a statement. We're not trying to make a point. We're just trying to be faithful Christians."

No. 4—ABA Fuming Over Crafters' Use of Market House for Midnight Madness
The Annapolis Business Association (ABA) is crying foul over the city's decision to allow a nonprofit to sell crafts inside the Market House during Thursday's Midnight Madness event. "The whole intent of Midnight Madness is to fill the stores of our merchants," ABA President Sean O'Neill said. "By doing this, the city has completely missed the mission of Midnight Madness."

No. 5—Moe's Fights Against Downtown Chipotle Location
Downtown Annapolis' burrito war heated up on Tuesday night as attorneys for Chipotle and Moe's Southwest Grill argued over whether the former should be allowed to open a location at 36 Market Space. Chipotle is asking the Board of Appeals for permission to take over the location's current special exception, owned by Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers, to be a standard restaurant that serves alcohol.


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