Maryland Delegate Saqib Ali: Marriage Equality has gone from being a niche issue to the most pressin
Postedon Jul 31, 2009 at 08:43 am
July 31, 2009
I am the first Muslim in the Maryland legislature, but I recognize that if I tried to enforce religion by law — as in a theocracy — I would be doing a disservice to both my constituents and to my religion. [Link]
Postedon Jul 06, 2009 at 08:22 pm
July 6, 2009
During a radio show this morning, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) suggested he was open to honoring marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states -- something he hasn't said publicly before -- with several caveats. "If a person has those rights under another state. ... I think we probably should respect those rights," O'Malley said during an appearance on WTOP radio's "Ask the Governor." O'Malley, however, also made clear that his preference remains legalizing civil unions -- and not freedom to marry -- in Maryland, and his aides labored to describe the evolving legal, legislative and political contexts in which his remarks were made. [Link]
Postedon Jun 05, 2009 at 11:38 am
June 5, 2009
She may be best known for playing lawyer Miranda Hobbes on “Sex and the City,” but actress Cynthia Nixon is quickly becoming known for another role — LGBT rights activist. Nixon is coming to town this weekend to receive an Out for Equality Award at Equality Maryland’s eighth annual Night Out for Equality event, to be held at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center. (Link)
Postedon May 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm
May 30, 2009
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is exploring whether legal marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states can be recognized in Maryland, a move that could open an avenue for legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples who have been rebuffed by the courts and legislature here. [link]
Postedon May 22, 2009 at 10:47 am
May 22, 2009
Following an editorial in the Baltimore Sun that encouraged Gov. Martin O’Malley to have Attorney General Doug Gansler provide the governor “a legal opinion determining whether Maryland law permits the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere," the Governor has taken no public action. However Equality Maryland is nonetheless working with the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and elected officials to have the attorney general supply an opinion, and move it forward. [link]
Postedon May 10, 2009 at 02:43 pm
May 10, 2009
Our view: As the marriage equality movement builds national momentum, an opportunity may exist for Maryland to recognize all out-of-state unions, but Gov. O'Malley will need to show leadership. [link]
Postedon Mar 16, 2009 at 10:41 am
March 15, 2009
Peter Beilenson, the health officer of Howard County, writes, "This month, the Maryland General Assembly again will hear arguments in favor of granting same-sex couples the ability to legally marry...what about the strong body of evidence that married couples fare much better, both physically and psychologically, than unmarried, cohabitating couples? This evidence alone illustrates that denying same-sex couples access to civil marriage is, quite simply, relegating them to inferior health status." (Link)
Postedon Mar 12, 2009 at 02:44 pm
Postedon Feb 09, 2009 at 11:00 am
Marriage is a fundamental right. Marriage is love. Love is universal.
The Maryland Black Family Alliance (MBFA) is an alliance African American straight-allies who are professors, elected officials, pastors, medical professionals, social workers, artists, college students, engineers, wives, mothers, sisters, brothers and more who dementedly believe in fairness, justice and equality for all families. Further, we adamantly believe that love and commitment are the essence of family and that family is the foundation of strong Black communities. Therefore, we seek to ensure that all Black families -- including those headed by lesbians and gay men -- have the full protection of the law.
MBFA recognizes that one cannot discuss fairness and equality without acknowledging the deep history of oppressions, MBFA recognizes itself as a holistic organization that understands the intersection of racial justice and marriage equality. We understand and never diminish the significance of race and its meanings in our society. In our outreach and advocacy, we collaborate with and seek to educate those who need a greater understanding of civil marriage and marriage equality, but also work within the greater LGBT community to facilitate a deeper understanding of the many dynamics that inform the opinions and social mores of communities of color, in particular Maryland's Black community.
As we continue to acknowledge and celebrate the 8oth birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we embrace his words – injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
As African Americans, we know that discrimination is wrong and that it damages us all when we exclude any group of Americans from the protections that other Americans enjoy. Therefore, with an integrity inspired by our past, and as we commemorate this Freedom to Marry Week, we seek fairness, justice and equality for all families.
Lea Gilmore is program director of the Maryland Black Family Association. She and her husband have long been allies for LGBT rights.