A Push for Marriage Recognition in Maryland
November 6, 2009
Maryland Delegate Heather Mizeur has a great guest commentary in the Maryland Gazette calling on the Free State to recognize her marriage to her partner Deb.
Inevitability might seem a counterintuitive argument to make this week, after Maine voters joined California's in rejecting a law that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry. But Gallup polls have showed a steady trend towards public support for equality, and within a year, there's a strong possibility that the District of Columbia, New York, and New Jersey will join Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Iowa in extending marriage equality to LGBT families. Remember that a decade ago, these advances were unthinkable. It's time for Maryland to stop lagging behind and become a leader again. At the beginning of the summer, the attorney general's office began researching and readying a legal opinion on whether Maryland could recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses. Our community anticipates a decision any day, and the legal evidence is strongly in our favor.
Even though this week's loss in Maine was deeply painful, we are moving in the direction of equality. The work of people like Heather Mizeur and the thousands of others who refuse to give up will bring us there.
May 23, 2013