MD Governor Martin O’Malley Pledges to Make Marriage Equality a Top Legislative Priority
July 22, 2011 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Christine Sloane, Former HRC Regional Field Organizer
Today, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland held a press conference this afternoon announcing that he will make marriage equality legislation a priority in the next legislative session.
This is a crucial step for the state of Maryland to achieve lasting equality, and the Governor stated that he is proud to be leading a broad coalition, called Marylanders for Marriage Equality, that includes the Human Rights Campaign, SEIU 1199, the ACLU, Equality Maryland and many other organizations and state legislators.
The Human Rights Campaign has long been involved in the fight for marriage equality in the state and National Field Director Marty Rouse, a Maryland resident had this to say about the Governor’s press conference, “We thank Governor O’Malley for making marriage equality one of his legislative priorities and look forward to amplifying the many voices all over the state who believe this is the right thing to do."
Following Governor O’Malley, Delegate Maggie Macintosh, the first openly gay legislator in the state of Maryland, thanked the Governor for his leadership on the issue and longtime supporter, Senator Robert Garagiola of Montgomery County spoke of the importance of equality under the law and how essential it is to protect every family.
The Human Rights Campaign is proud to be mobilizing in the state to work with Governor O'Malley to make Maryland the 7th state with the freedom to marry.
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