Maryland House Sends Marriage Bill Back to Committee

The Maryland House has sent the Civil Marriage Protection Act back to the House Judiciary Committee by a voice vote after several hours of debate. The delay in a final vote on the bill comes despite support for marriage by the Governor, Senate, and a majority of Marylanders.

We've made tremendous progress in Maryland, but it has become clear in the past few days that more time will put the bill in a better position for passage. Freedom to Marry will continue to work with partner organizations including Equality Maryland, Gill Action, and the Human Rights Campaign as well as other supporters to share personal stories of why marriage matters, contact legislators, and make the case for why the freedom to marry is critical for all families, including gay and lesbian ones. But for now, families like Chris and Juan and their five children will have to continue to endure unfair and unequal treatment under the law.

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