The Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBT equality in Maryland alongside state and local groups and lawmakers.
HRC made securing marriage equality in Maryland a top priority. In fact, HRC was the largest national funder of the four pro-equality ballot measure campaigns – of the $8 million we’ve invested in efforts to expand marriage equality, $5 million have gone directly to Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. HRC also partnered with Freedom to Marry and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on programs that put energized volunteers on the ground in the four states.
HRC was a founding member and leader of Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the coalition campaign that successfully defended the state's new civil marriage equality law.
To help win in Maryland, HRC:
- Contributed nearly $2.8 million to marriage equality efforts. That includes more than $850,000 spent on the campaign to pass the historic marriage legislation in early 2012, and another $1.9 million on the ballot campaign.
- Provided critical online and communications support, including the production and release of campaign videos featuring Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
- Hosted weekly phone banking opportunities to reach critical Maryland voters.
- Sent nearly 475,000 emails to HRC members and supporters.
- Recruited hundreds of volunteers for efforts in Maryland including phone banking, town halls, and canvassing.
- Provided key campaign leadership, including Communications Director, Political Director, and religious organizers; as well as significant field organizing resources and legal support.
HRC also led the legislative campaign to pass marriage equality, including:
Learn more about HRC's work in Maryland here.
Read more about our efforts in Maryland on the HRC blog.