Tuesday, February 14, 2012

BREAKING: Maryland House Committees Approve Marriage Equality Bill 25-18 // NEXT STOP: House Floor Vote

UPDATE:  WBAL Radio reports that the marriage bill passed 25-18.


PRESS RELEASE - Momentum: 
Maryland House Committees Approve Civil Marriage Bill

ANNAPOLIS – Today, two legislative committees in the Maryland House of Delegates voted to approve Governor Martin O’Malley’s Civil Marriage Protection Act, which allows committed gay and lesbian couples to marry while protecting religious liberty.  A statement by Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the coalition leading the effort to help pass the Governor’s civil marriage bill, is below.

“The coalition applauds the Judiciary and Health and Government Operations Committees in the House of Delegates for voting ‘yes’ on allowing committed gay and lesbian couples to get a civil marriage license.  Members of the committee today voted to strengthen all Maryland families - and to protect religious liberty. We just took another step toward civil marriage equality becoming a reality in Maryland; the momentum is with us. We thank all supportive Delegates for their leadership on this very important issue that will improve the lives of thousands of Maryland families and help put the state on the right side of history.”

Marylanders for Marriage Equality is the coalition—including SEIU 1199, Equality Maryland, Progressive Maryland, Human Rights Campaign, ACLU of Maryland, and others-- working to bring civil marriage equality to Maryland.


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