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Never Too Late to Volunteer

This post comes from Marylanders for Marriage Equality volunteer Dianna Sell:


As a 64-year old straight ally who feels very strongly that people have the right to love whomever they love, I just started volunteering in Maryland for the first time in my life for marriage equality. A dedicated group of marriage equality supporters come together every Tuesday evening to tell their stories and work to engage their community. Our goal is to share these personal stories with legislators to demonstrate that loving gay and lesbian couples deserve equal marriage rights too. Many also have agreed to speak to their delegate in person. Over the past several weeks I have had the opportunity to facilitate phone banks. In total we have called into hundreds of homes and placed hundreds of calls into legislators’ offices.

One of my favorite canvassing days was at North Beach on a cold, windy day. The canvassing was fun, getting to talk to people on the boardwalk. We met many friendly supporters walking their dogs along the Chesapeake Bay. They signed many post cards which we will be delivering to delegates. It has been amazing to witness the camaraderie and hear such support from so many people.

A coalition of many marriage equality groups all over Maryland have joined hands to get the job done. This coalition, Marylanders for Marriage Equality, has been formed to do everything in its power to facilitate the passing of the marriage equality bill that will likely be brought before Maryland's legislators in 2012. I am proud to work alongside such dedicated and caring people.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Jessica Osborn at

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