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Gov. O’Malley Takes Lead in Maryland Marriage Equality Fight

Gov. O’Malley Takes Lead in Maryland Marriage Equality Fight

 

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has recorded a video in support of marriage equality ahead of a renewed push to legalize same-sex marriage during Maryland’s coming legislative session.

O’Malley announced over the summer that, perhaps modelling himself on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, he would be taking a more prominent role in helping to pass marriage equality in the state. Indeed, O’Malley said at the time that he wanted to make the legislation a priority.

Below you can see a video made by Marylanders for Marriage Equality that features Governor O’Malley where he explains his reasons for championing this legislation:

In the 45-second spot O’Malley says: “As a free and diverse people of many different faiths, we choose to be governed under the law by certain fundamental principles, among them, equal protection of the law for every individual and the free exercise of religion without government intervention. The legislation we plan to introduce in the 2012 legislative session will protect religious freedom and equality of marital rights under the law.”

Indeed religious support for the legislation will be important. While there may be enough support in the Legislature to get this bill through, such action would require O’Malley to highlight that the legislation will fulfill the need for equality but also clear that the legislation carries religious exemptions and in no way forces faith groups to accept same-sex marriage.

In addition to this, a new Gonzalez Research and Marketing Strategies poll suggests that currently 48% of Marylanders favor a law allowing same-sex marriages, while 49% of that population are against allowing same-sex marriages. Public support will be critical because, should the legislation pass, one can expect marriage equality opponents to push for a referendum.

In particular, support among Maryland’s sizable African American community, about 30% of the population, will be crucial. According to the Gonzalez poll currently only 41 percent of African-American respondents said they favored same-sex marriage while 59% said they were against.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality enjoys the support of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP and several prominent religious organizations in the state so, while there is work to be done, it does seem that majority support is within reach.

Strong leadership from Governor O’Malley can only help with this.

 

Related Reading:

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1:09PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

YO - You ROCK, GOV!

9:14PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Im very proud of maryland's govenor and its even possible that I may be distantly related to him...Cool.

Everybody deserves equality...Except the repugnicons and bible thumpers of course.

9:20PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

I see it's a question of

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Seriously congratulation to a politician willing to take a stance that isn't hate filled and bigoted.

6:42PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Awesome! Go Maryland.

REAL American values. Equal opportunity and equality of law for all!

3:52PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Sure are a lot of bigots out there!

3:04PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Wayne...forget about Steve R's "downhill" video...he was at the bottom of the hill even before his beloved video came out! He's an egotistical, arrogant individual. Someday his belief system will back-fire on himself!

1:35PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Hooray for the Governor of Maryland!!! Thanks, Gov.!

9:11AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

This is good news!

9:00AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Wow, could we please stick to the real news! How about people not having a home or job, the chaos we are currently in because we keep voting for Rep/Dem career politicians. How long before we realize the horse IS already dead. We need REAL CHANGE, not LIP SERVE. Let's focus on what is really important....all of us as a nation, not individual groups. We have more pressing problems....our livelihood. Our country needs to be run by a person with a business mind, not a career politician. A person who can identify with the everyday hardships of the everyday person. One who realizes what it is like to come from nothing and become successful through hard work and perseverance. Vote for really change.....consider the man not the party.

7:18AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

It is good to see political leaders defending marriage equality and religious freedom.

To Steve R.: It is clear to me from your several comments on different occasions that you not only oppose marriage equality, but you also oppose freedom of religion. There is a difference of opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage on the part of religious groups, including Christians. To deny marriage equality also denies the rights of religious groups and Christian churches to act in accord with their beliefs, but enforcing the opinions of some religious groups and some Christians on others. This is a big and unconstitutional step toward establishing a state religion.

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