Students Push Maryland House to Pass Full Marriage Equality
March 8, 2011 by Zack Pesavento
With widespread support from across the state, Maryland is on a path to become the sixth state to enact marriage equality legislation. But the fight isn’t over yet. Last week, Delegate Tiffany Alston — an original co-sponsor of the bill and key vote on the House Judiciary Committee — suggested that she might pursue a civil union amendment. So when I arrived in Chestertown to speak with EROS, an LGBT advocacy group on the campus of Washington College, students were ready to take action. Over 40 students made calls to the office of Delegate Alston, asking her to stand by her original commitment to full marriage equality for all Maryland citizens.
After passing the Maryland Senate earlier last week, the marriage equality bill went to the Judiciary Committee, which was the last hurdle before bringing the bill to the House floor for a vote. Governor Martin O’Malley has said he will sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk. The tremendous work by our allies at Equality Maryland and so many others across the state has succeeded in bringing the bill this far. Supporters of marriage equality are stepping up the pressure to put this bill across the finish line. If you live or know someone who lives in Maryland, please ask them to contact their State Delegate now. To locate your legislators, visit mdelect.net.
It was quite an honor to meet with the students from EROS at Washington College to talk about HRC’s programs and the fight for full marriage equality. I felt right at home as we moved into a strategy discussion about their plans to keep building support for their priorities on campus and plug into the broader community. I’ve got no doubt that these students are fired up!
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