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On the Ground Running for Marriage in Maryland

Marriage equality in Maryland is on the brink of reality and Adrian Matanza and I are right in the thick of it. Working with the field team at Equality Maryland, we are mobilizing constituents to urge state legislators to recognize ALL families in the state.

Adrian and I hit the ground running early last week and since then have entrenched ourselves in the community. We’ve met dozens of volunteer leaders and passionate constituents who want to carry the banner of equality over the finish line. In listening to their stories and hearing their convictions, we’ve learned so much already.

For me, this fight is particularly meaningful as I am planning my own wedding set for this fall. As my partner and I scope locations (yes, we’re slightly behind) and plan the details, I can’t escape from the fact that we have to consider first, where we can legally marry, and second whether that location should be where we hold our actual wedding ceremony.  This shouldn’t have to be a consideration for any couple or any family.

A few days ago, Adrian and I were moved when we met a Unitarian minister in Maryland who, over a year ago, signed a pledge not to marry any couples until all couples are allowed, under the law, to marry. Last week at a campaign kick-off event in Prince George’s county she declared again, “I will not marry any couples until we see full marriage equality, to include the gay, bisexual and transgender community”.

That is exactly the kind of conviction needed to see marriage equality become a reality in Maryland. The only way we will win, however, is with grassroots strength. Do you live in Maryland? Do you believe in full equality for all of Maryland’s families, regardless of sexual orientation?  We need your voice.

Please email me at Christine.Sloane@hrc.org to volunteer. There are many great opportunities to get involved.

You can start by joining us this Monday, January 24th, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for a marriage equality phonebank. We’ll be calling identified supporters in key districts and getting them on board for the fight. Please R.S.V.P. to Christine.Sloane@hrc.org for details and with questions.

WHEN: Monday, January 24, 2011, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

WHAT: Phonebank (food provided)

WHERE: Paintbranch Unitarian Universalist Church, 3215 Powder Mill Road, Adelphi, Maryland

It’s important for legislators to hear your story, whether you are straight or gay, married or single, about why marriage equality is important to you.

Can you join us Monday, January 31, 2011 to lobby your Maryland state legislator in Annapolis? Please contact Christine.Sloane@hrc.org for more information on how to sign up!

Are you part of the faith community? Please contact Sultan.Shakir@hrc.org for even more ways to get involved.

 

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