For the last month, I’ve been working with Equality Maryland to bolster the great work they’ve been doing to pass gender identity non-discrimination legislation and marriage equality.
This week, the state Senate is set to vote on the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, or, SB 116. We need at least 24 votes to pass marriage equality and right now, 24 State Senators have committed their support. We have never been so close to recognizing all families in Maryland and we can’t afford to lose steam now. We need you to join us in Annapolis to show your support and tell your legislators once and for all how much marriage equality means to you.
Today, we released polling results that show great news for all those that favor marriage equality here in Maryland - support for civil marriage is growing. In fact, the polling firm Grove Insight found that after discussing the love and commitment that gay and lesbian couples share, support for marriage grew to 53%!
Marriage equality in Maryland has the momentum to win!
New polling reveals unprecedented support for civil marriage equality
ANNAPOLIS, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 - Recent polling conducted by Grove Insight validates citizen support for Maryland's march towards civil marriage equality. This data shows that Thursday's historic vote in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee that moved SB 116 (the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act) out of committee and closer to a full Senate vote is concurrent with Maryland public opinion.
This afternoon, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7 - 4 to favorably report the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act (SB 116). This legislation would end the exclusion of committed gay and lesbian couples from marriage. This is the first time the legislation has passed committee and is scheduled to be voted on by the Senate next week.
As reported by Kevin Naff for the Washington Blade.
Maryland's same-sex marriage bill gets its first hearing in the Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 8 beginning at 1 p.m. in Annapolis. Those interested in testifying have until 12:45 p.m. that day to register, but a Senate spokesperson today warned that large crowds are expected so anyone planning to attend should arrive early.