An Important Week for Equality in Maryland
February 21, 2011 by Carolyn Simon, Deputy Director of Digital Media
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. That’s not all. This Friday, the State House is set to hold a hearing on marriage equality, just one day after the Senate is likely to vote on the same legislation. The opposition will be there, testifying to prevent gay and lesbian Maryland families from obtaining the privileges, protections and responsibilities that are afforded with civil marriage. Will you be there, too? It is critical that your Delegates hear how much this matters to you. If you are interested in testifying, please email Linsey@equalitymaryland.org today to get the details. Can you join us for any or all of the following shifts at the State Capitol in Annapolis THIS WEEK? Wear RED to show your support for marriage equality. Tuesday, February 22 from 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 24 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 24 from 2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Friday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Friday, February 25 from 2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. If you can attend, please R.S.V.P. to Christine@equalitymaryland.org.
If you can’t join us in the Capitol, you can still help us win. Despite brush fires and high winds yesterday, I was joined by a very dedicated group of volunteers, in Linthicum, Maryland to knock doors for marriage equality. We hit the streets and identified supporters who then made calls to their Delegates right at the door. One volunteer, a straight ally named Vivian even brought her two children along and talked to folks about the love she has for her own family and how she wants all committed, caring couples to be able to share in the same privileges and responsibilities that she and her husband enjoy. I also had the great pleasure of meeting Shawn and Rachel, who have been two of the strongest volunteer leaders in Ann Arundel County. Rachel has dedicated countless hours on the phone, talking to supporters and signing them up to take action. Shawn has been hitting the door in his own neighborhood, mobilizing his community to get involved. Can you join me, Vivian, Rachel, and Shawn and the other amazing volunteers in Maryland and lend your time? There are phonebanks happening across the state every night this week to mobilize supporters during this critical time. For more information, please contact Christine@equalitymaryland.org.
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