MARYLAND'S LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER
CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION

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EQUALITY MARYLAND DISAPPOINTED BUT NOT DEFEATED - WE WILL TRIUMPH

EQUALITY MARYLAND DISAPPOINTED BUT NOT DEFEATED - WE WILL TRIUMPH

Maryland's LGBT advocacy organization vows to keep up the fight.

 

After lengthy debate and support from thousands of Marylanders from all over the state, the House of Delegates recommitted the Civil Marriage Protection Act to committee.

 

Statement by the Staff and Board of Equality Maryland; Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Executive Director and Charles Butler, Board President

 

Though we are disappointed that we must continue to fight for marriage equality, today's move was a strategic step that will allow us to fight and win in the future.

 

We celebrate that-for the first time-marriage equality legislation made it through the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, the Senate, the House Judiciary Committee, and was debated in the House of Delegates.

 

We are extraordinarily grateful to the many leaders who have stood by us throughout this journey especially our lead sponsors - Senators Rob Garagiola (D-15), Jamie Raskin (D-20) and Rich Madaleno (D-18) and Delegates Kumar Barve (D-17), Ben Barnes (D-21) and Keiffer Mitchell. We are also extremely fortunate to have such terrific leaders in the members of Maryland's LGBT Caucus and proud to call them not just our partners but our friends. Special thanks to Delegates Maggie McIntosh (D-43), Heather Mizeur (D-20), Anne Kaiser (D-14), Luke Clippinger (D-46), Bonnie Cullison (D-19), Mary Washington (D-43) and Peter Murphy (D-28). None could have done more to push for the passage of this legislation.

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Ayanbadejo says same-sex marriage is 'matter of fairness'

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Brendon's video and a statement from Equality Maryland are below.

 

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We're down to the wire!

Last Friday when Morgan wrote to you, she told you about the unbelievable pressure that our opposition is putting on our Delegates. And tomorrow, as floor debate begins on the marriage bill, our opponents aren’t letting up in Annapolis.

But neither are you and thousands of marriage supporters around the state!
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Gay legislators having impact in marriage debates

As reported by David Crary for the Associated Press:

NEW YORK — Of America's 7,382 state legislators, only 85 are openly gay or lesbian. They are, however, playing an outsized and often impassioned role when the agenda turns to recognizing same-sex couples with civil unions or full marriage rights.

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Vote count from the House Judicial Proceedings Committee

Today, with the leadership of Del Kathleen Dumais, Lead Sponsor of HB 175 Keiffer Mitchell, and LGBT caucus member Luke Clippinger, the committee voted favorably to advance the Civil Marriage Protection Act to the house floor early next week. 

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