Maryland Rings in 2013 with Marriage Equality
January 1, 2013 by Dan Rafter, Online Campaigns Manager
Same-sex couples in Maryland can begin marrying today – the law approved by voters at the polls in November went into effect at 12:01am this morning. The state began issuing marriage licenses December 6. Marriage equality went into effect in Maine on Saturday, and in Washington State last month.
The road to this historic day in Maryland was long - with your support, we were able to run critical weekly phone banks, we sent nearly 475,000 emails to HRC members and supporters, and we recruited hundreds of volunteers for efforts in Maryland including phone banking, town halls, and canvassing.
Between the legislative and ballot campaigns, HRC invested nearly $2.8 million in securing marriage equality in Maryland. We were proud to serve as founding members of the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign, providing key staff support and producing campaign videos featuring Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, among others.
Maryland is one of four states where voters affirmed marriage equality on Election Day last November. Voters in Maine and Washington State also approved marriage equality, while voters in Minnesota rejected a discriminatory amendment to the state constitution that would have banned marriage equality. Learn more about the historic victories for the LGBT community from last November.
Congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make this day a reality, and to all Maryland couples now able to marry the person they love!