Marylanders Rally Ahead of Marriage Equality Vote
February 14, 2012 by HRC staff
Despite the cold, more than 800 supporters gathered outside of the Maryland State House on Monday to support marriage equality in the state. The size and enthusiasm of the crowd makes it clear - the effort to pass marriage equality is building momentum and victory is within reach!
Marylanders from all across the state collected and delivered over 15,000 postcards to their delegates and senators.
At a rally on Lawyer's Mall in Annapolis, the crowd joined in solidarity and broke out in song. The rally was organized by Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the coalition working to bring civil marriage equality to the Free State. Governor O’Malley, as well as many supportive state senators and delegates, participated in and spoke at the rally.
After the rally, LGBT Marylanders, straight allies and supporters including friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers went to the statehouse and senate offices to meet with their delegates and senators to urge them to cast their vote in support of marriage equality.
In the days following the rally, a joint committee vote gave welcomed news to LGBT families and supporters. A joint session of the House of Delegates’ Judiciary, and Health and Government Operations Committees approved the bill by a bi-partisan 25-18 vote. One of the biggest surprises of was the public endorsement of Delegate Robert Costa, a Republican from Anne Arundel County. The vote cleared the way for the bill to move forward to the full House of Delegates for a final vote in the coming days.
Join Marylanders across the state and help ensure we pass marriage equality for all loving and committed couples this year. To learn how you can get involved, please email David.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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