Lawmakers in Maryland will attempt several maneuvers to reverse state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's favorable gay marriage opinion, including impeachment, Annapolis-based The Capital reported.

Gansler's February 24 opinion concludes that Maryland's highest court is likely to decide in favor of recognizing gay marriages performed in other states.

The Court of Appeals “will likely apply the principle that a marriage valid in the place of celebration is valid in Maryland,” Gansler, a Democrat, said in a 45-page opinion.

“The opinion reaches this conclusion in light of the evolving state policy, reflected in anti-discrimination laws, domestic partner laws and other legislation, that respects and supports committed intimate same-sex relationships,” he added.

State agencies are expected to follow the opinion and recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other jurisdictions over the objection of a state law that bans such unions. Gansler's opinion arrived a week before a gay marriage law took effect in neighboring District of Columbia on March 3.

County Delegate Don Dwyer, a Glen Burnie Republican, said Tuesday that he will offer impeachment charges against Gansler on March 31.

Dwyer said the opinion had created a “constitutional crisis.” Impeachment “is about the integrity of the institution to stand on its own as one of the three equal branches of government,” Dwyer told the paper.

House Speaker Michael E. Bush, a Democrat from Annapolis, has already said the chamber does not have the authority to impeach Gansler, and has threatened to rule Dwyer out of order if he introduces his measure.

Lawmakers will also attempt to legislate away Gansler's opinion. Senator Nancy Jacobs, a Republican from Harford, introduced a bill Wednesday that would forbid the state from recognizing such marriages. A similar bill died in a key Maryland House committee in February.