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Personal Stories, Census Data Make Case for Marriage Equality in Maryland

The U.S. Census just released its most recent figures on the number of gay and lesbian couples living in Maryland. About 17,000 same-sex couples live in the state, a 50 percent increase over the past decade.  Montgomery and Prince George counties along with Baltimore have the highest populations of same-sex couples. “

I am proud to see that tens of thousands of gay and lesbian couples have made Maryland their home, and that Baltimore has the highest percentage of same-sex couples.” Pat Lippold, Vice President for Political Action at 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East in Baltimore. “All the more reason they should have the opportunity to get a marriage license.” SEIU is one of the coalition partners, along with HRC, working to pass marriage equality legislation in the Free State.

The Washington Post profiles a number of same-sex couples who live in every county of the state. “Chris Megargee and Barbara McKeefery [pictured], who have been together for 24 years and are now grandmothers, said they have always been treated warmly by their neighbors,” wrote the paper. “Tony Curtis and his partner, Dan Dycus, have lived for eight years in Accokeek in Prince George’s County. According to the census data, Curtis and Dycus are among almost 2,500 same-sex couples in Prince George’s County — almost as many as the larger Montgomery County.”

Last month Governor Martin O’Malley (D-Md) announced that marriage equality legislation would be one of his priorities that he moves through the Legislature next year. A majority of Marylanders (51%) support loving, committed gay and lesbian couples to marry.

“It's hard deny these thousands of couples access to the protections of marriage,” said Melissa Goemann of the ACLU-Maryland, another coalition partner. “It is time for the state to do the right thing for all Maryland families and vote to extend the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples.”

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