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Rep. Hoyer’s Daughter Speaks Out for Same-Sex Marriage in Maryland

Marylanders for marriage equalityPost submitted by Kevin Nix, Former HRC Campaign Media Director

As momentum continues to build in support of marriage equality in Maryland, Stefany Hoyer-Hemmer, daughter of Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-5), came out publicly as a lesbian today. Stefany is a native Marylander who grew up in Prince George's County and currently lives on the Eastern Shore.

"I have been watching the momentum quickly build in recent weeks and want to do whatever I can to keep it going," said Stefany Hoyer. "Hopefully by telling my story, people will understand that thousands of Marylanders want the same opportunity to settle down, marry the person they love, and protect their children under the law."

The Maryland Legislature passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act earlier this year which allows committed, loving same-sex couples to marry while also protecting religious freedom.  The bill, signed into law by Governor O'Malley, is set to go into effect in January, should voters uphold it on the ballot in November.

"I am hopeful Maryland voters this fall will preserve the new rights and responsibilities of marriage that are on the books," said Rep. Hoyer. "All couples should be treated equally under the law, with the same rights and benefits afforded to everyone. I believe marriage equality reaffirms the dignity of all families, and is the next step in our continuing efforts to live up to our nation's founding values of equality and justice."

Same-sex marriage in Maryland has gained strong majority support in recent months. A May Public Policy Poll showed 57% of Maryland voters would vote for the new law, with 37% voting against. In the wake of marriage equality endorsements by President Obama and NAACP, 55% of African-American voters in Maryland would uphold the law. The most recent poll by the Washington Post/ABC News showed a similar surge in support among African Americans nationally.

"I am so grateful - and so proud - to have a dad who has been a longtime champion of equality for gays and lesbians," said Stefany Hoyer.

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