Marriage Equality: Where Politics and Empathy Collide

CurrentMom
August 27, 2009
A therapist tells of meeting with her Maryland state senator to share her views about the freedom to marry and having that state senator tell her, "I've prayed about it, and I just believe that marriage is between a man and a woman." It’s the classic politician's answer - unassailable, really, as it's a statement of personal belief. [Link]

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Opinion: A Marriage Like Any Other

The Washington Post
August 27, 2009
Rich Madaleno Kensington, a Democrat from the 18th District in the Maryland Senate, talks about why "achieving the freedom to marry, and removing a restriction that impedes the development of secure families, is a matter of fundamental social justice that needs vocal champions." [Link]

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OPINION: Maryland Should Be a Leader on Marriage Equality

The Baltimore Sun
August 25, 2009
"One of the key things holding us back is legislative leadership in Annapolis, and that's particularly puzzling when no state legislator across the country has ever lost his or her office because of voting for marriage equality for gay Americans," says Scott Davenport, board president of Equality Maryland and Managing Director of Freedom to Marry. [Link]

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We’re just like you

Baltimore Sun
August 7, 2009

It's time for Maryland to recognize marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions. (Link)

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Maryland Delegate Saqib Ali: Marriage Equality has gone from being a niche issue to the most pressin

Gazette.Net
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]

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Maryland Governor Open to Recognizing Out-of-State Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

The Washington Post
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]

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Cynthia Nixon speaks out for equality

Washington Blade
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)

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Maryland Attorney General Explores Recognition of Marriages in Other States

Baltimore Sun
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]

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Md. Legislators, Activists Forging Ahead on Marriage

Washington Blade
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]

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Maryland Should Honor All Out-of-State Unions

Baltimore Sun Editorial
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]

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