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Governor O'Malley Signs Marriage Equality Into Law

Governor Martin O'Malley officially signed the Civil Marriage and Protection Act into law today. Maryland becomes the 8th state to legalize same sex marriage.

 

A few hours ago, I had the pleasure of attending the bill signing ceremony for the Civil Marriage and Protection Act.  This is the next battle in the fight for Civil Rights, and I am very proud that Maryland is now the 8th state in the country to legalize same sex marriage.

In clear terms, Governor O’Malley laid out why it was so important to lead on the issue of Marriage Equality:

“We are one Maryland, and we all want the same thing for our children –We want our children to live in a loving, committed, and caring home that is protected under the law. As one Maryland we came together around the principle of human dignity, and we are moving forward”.

This moment has been a long time in the making. People must understand that the fight has just begun.  Opponents need only 56,000 voters to sign a petition in regards to getting the issue on the ballot in November, putting it in the hands of voters to decide.  56,000 signatures equals 3% of the voters in the state who cast a ballot in the 2010 gubernatorial race, which is not a huge bar at all to climb.

I’m committed to doing all I can to make sure that Marriage Equality will remain, and not be derailed by opponents of the legislation.  Heather Mizeur, who was one of the leaders in the House of Delegates on the issue, also weighed in:

“Today we celebrate this historic moment and savor the sweet taste of equality on our lips. Tomorrow we roll up our sleeves and fight to defend this victory if it goes to a November ballot referendum”.

I intend to do the same and will continue fighting with like-minded legislators like Delegate Mizeur.  If this goes before voters in November, I am confident that they will vote for equality, justice, and side with history on one of the most pressing and important civil rights issues of the day. 

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ashley jacobs March 02, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Wow what an amazing step forward for maryland!
Jason Jasonson March 02, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I'm very pleased that MD now becomes the 8th state in the Union to legalize same sex marriage. We are not finished yet, and must work hard to shoot down a referendum if this issue goes before the voters in November. I know that Sen. Garagiola will keep up the fight to defend this legislation.
Ivan Fink March 02, 2012 at 03:52 PM
This is a historic moment in our states history, and I am hopeful that more states follow suit. Governor O'Malley and the rest of the legislators stood tall,and made their case for Marriage Equality. I'm happy that some members of the clergy, and Republicans came on board as well this time. It will hold up even if put on the ballot for a referendum.
hmj March 02, 2012 at 04:10 PM
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JD March 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Proud day to be a Marylander!
Bruno Jacobsen March 02, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I'm so happy to see that Rob Garagiola is running for Congress. With the passage of this bill he has helped give equal rights to ALL people! It makes me proud to be a Marylander and I know Rob would do a great job in Congress!
MD March 05, 2012 at 02:05 PM
The only good thing about this, is now I have the right to vote on this and vote it down! The majority will have their say!

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