Voice for Equality: Annapolis mayor Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen is an American Democratic politician who was elected on Nov. 3, 2009, as mayor of Annapolis. Cohen, a Democrat, gained 46.5 percent of the vote to defeat Republican nominee David Cordle (40.5 percent) and independent candidate Chris Fox (13 percent). Cohen, who served previously on the Anne Arundel County Council (District 6) and the Annapolis City Council (Ward 8), succeeded Ellen O. Moyer as Annapolis' chief executive on Dec. 7, 2009.

In a move toward marriage equality in Maryland, Mayor Cohen extended benefits in June of 2010 to the same-sex partners of city workers, including access to medical plans.

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Gay rights group: “Maryland is next!”

An e-mail message sent Tuesday from Equality Maryland, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights group says it is assembling "Action Teams" to mobilize pro-freedom to marry voters to get to the polls in November.

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Maryland Attorney General, Gansler, vocal in support of the freedom to marry

When he first ran for attorney general on the platform of environmental activism, Douglas F. Gansler said advisers warned him he'd be tagged as a "tree-hugging liberal."

As he seeks re-election this year, and with an eye on the 2014 governor's race, Gansler has embraced another left-of-center cause that he predicts is headed toward mainstream acceptance: the freedom to marry.

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Benefits for same-sex couples in Maryland

State employees in Maryland can now sign up same-sex spouses as dependents, making them eligible to receive the same health-care and other benefits afforded to husbands and wives of heterosexual state employees, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office announced Wednesday.

The change means that O'Malley's administration has followed through in codifying a legal opinion issued in February by Maryland Attorney General (and Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality) Douglas F. Gansler.

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Shifting views on the freedom to marry

The Baltimore Sun editorial board writes about a recent Washington Post poll finding that the plurality of Maryland residents support marriage equality: "Maryland's current leaders would surely rather duck the question, but they should understand that on this issue the people are slowly but surely leaving them behind."

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Poll finds gains for the freedom to marry in Maryland

Maryland residents are shifting toward a more positive opinion of the freedom to marry, with registered voters now narrowly supporting a law to allow it, a Washington Post poll has found.

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Those who have been there praise Obama’s mandate on hospital visitation rights

Audrey Fleming of Alexandria, VA, Charlene Strong of Seattle, WA and Lisa Polyak and Gita Deane of Baltimore, MD share horror stories of same-sex couples having been denied hospital visitation rights in the past.

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D.C.‘s David Catania on how minorities, people of faith moved the freedom to marry forward

When D.C. Councilmember and Georgetown alum David Catania (I-At Large, SFS ‘90, LAW ‘94) gave a speech at Georgetown in March of last year, he talked about marriage equality as an “undying civil rights” issue that he hoped to make progress on. What a difference a year makes: Yesterday, Catania was back on campus, discussing the successful freedom to marry legalization bill he sponsored and the role race and religion played in the fight for marriage equality in the District.

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Maryland Attorney General Impeachment Effort rejected

A House of Delegates committee rejected Wednesday a Republican lawmaker's attempt to impeach Maryland's attorney general over an opinion he issued recently on the freedom to marry.

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Freedom to Marry Advocates Bide Time in Maryland

When Attorney General Douglas Gansler issued his February opinion recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples from out of state, it made Maryland the next state to watch on the freedom to marry.

But instead of using the opinion to launch a renewed effort to legalize marriage equality in Maryland, advocates are taking a different, counterintuitive tack: Stalling.

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