Fighting for Marriage in Maryland

Regina Clemente is Freedom to Marry’s Field Director. She and other Freedom to Marry staff are working on the ground to support the work of Equality Maryland.

Marriage for gay and lesbian couples in Maryland could be a reality by spring, but there is a lot of work ahead to get us there!

This week, the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Protection Act will make its way to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where an initial vote will take place before it goes to the full Senate floor later this month – so the next few weeks are critical.

Ground troops are working day and night in counties across Maryland to make sure legislators are hearing from us about why marriage is so important to committed, loving gay and lesbian couples. We're also making sure Marylanders know what being excluded from something so essential does to our families.

But we need more people telling their stories – especially because the so-called National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and other anti-gay organizations are calling on their members to contact legislators to oppose the bill. We have to show that more Marylanders support all families being valued and recognized.

The good news is that no matter where you are, you can help!

Legislators need to hear directly from you why marriage matters. If you’re in Maryland, please join us at the statehouse this Tuesday, February 8th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the Senate Judiciary Hearing, and you can also join us on Monday, February 14th for Equality Maryland’s Valentines Legislative Action. To sign up, go to equalitymaryland.org/events.

You can also check out MarylandPop.org, which connects you with your legislator on the phone so you can tell them that you support the freedom to marry – and they should too.

If you’re not in Maryland, you can still do your part! You can email your friends who live in the stae this link for them to help promote marriage by talking to people about why it matters:

http://www.equalitymaryland.org/petition

Now is the time to help make Maryland the sixth state in the nation to offer the freedom to marry. I’ll be there on the ground all of this week – I hope you’ll join in the work needed to win!