A charge of impeachment is expected to be brought against Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in the Maryland House on Wednesday.

County Delegate Don Dwyer, a Glen Burnie Republican, said he will offer impeachment charges on the House floor against the state's top lawyer for his favorable gay marriage opinion.

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. 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. The opinion arrived a week before a gay marriage law took effect in neighboring District of Columbia on March 3.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has endorsed the opinion, saying it's “sound advice.”

Dwyer claims that Gansler overstepped his authority in drafting the opinion.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch, a Democrat, is expected to dismiss the impeachment matter.

Other Republican lawmakers have attempted to legislate away Gansler's opinion by offering bills that would forbid the state from recognizing such marriages.