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Historic Day in Maryland As Clerks Begin Issuing Marriage Licenses

Maryland Governor O'MalleyPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

County clerks across Maryland can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today, and marriages in the state can begin January 1. Earlier today, Governor Martin O’Malley – a stalwart champion in the fight for marriage equality in Maryland – signed proclamations certifying voter approval of Question 6.

As part of the largest mobilization effort  in HRC history to expand equality, HRC invested nearly $2.8 million to advance marriage in Maryland – including more than $850,000 spent on the campaign to pass the historic marriage legislation in early 2012, and another $1.9 million on the ballot campaign.

HRC was a founding member of the Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition and provided significant support to the campaign – from communications and field staff to faith organizing throughout the state. We recruited hundreds of volunteers for the campaign, sent nearly half a million emails to HRC members and supporters, and hosted weekly phone banks to reach Maryland voters. Learn more about HRC’s efforts to bring marriage equality to Maryland.

If you and your loved one are getting a marriage license think about joining HRC’s Wedding Registry as a way to support equality on your special day.

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