Friday, February 24, 2012

Round-Up of Marriage Equality Statements: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, AG Doug Gansler, Sen. Rob Garagiola & John Delaney

As soon as the Free State's historic marriage equality vote was finished in the Senate yesterday, Maryland Juice received four press releases from politicos. See commentary on the passage of marriage equality from Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, State Senator Rob Garagiola and businessman John Delaney. In case you weren't aware, Brown and Gansler are both in the running for Governor in 2014, while Garagiola and Delaney are competitors in the 2012 6th Congressional District race:

Lt. Governor Brown Statement on Senate Passage of 
Civil Marriage Protection Act

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 23, 2012) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released the following statement today on the vote by the Maryland Senate to pass the Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012:

“I applaud the Maryland Senate for their vote affirming that all Marylanders should have the opportunity to take on the privileges and the responsibilities of marriage. Such committed unions deserve the respect and equal recognition under the law that come with civil marriage. Sending the Civil Marriage Protection Act to Governor O’Malley for his signature is a historic accomplishment that will strengthen families, encourage loving and committed homes for more Maryland children, and fully protect religious freedoms throughout our State.”


Statement from Atty. General Douglas F. Gansler on passage of
HB 438 – The Civil Marriage Protection Act

“I want to express my gratitude and congratulations to members of the Maryland Senate who tonight have joined with the House of Delegates in tearing down the barriers to full citizenship for same-sex couples who have been denied the freedom to marry and the protections and responsibilities that so many people take for granted.

You have ushered in a new era of civil rights for the great State of Maryland and extended to thousands of Marylanders and their children the true meaning of those words we all hold dear - ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’

The debate from all sides has been thoughtful, serious and heartfelt. I am sure that if this measure is brought before the people, our State will join the growing number of states who have extended the rights and advanced the opportunities afforded under our Constitution to those Marylanders who seek marriage in a same-sex union.”


Rob Garagiola Statement on the Passage of the 
Civil Marriage Protection Act in Maryland

GERMANTOWN, MD – Maryland State Senate Majority Leader and Democratic candidate in Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District,  Rob Garagiola, released the following statement today on the Maryland State Senate’s passage of the Civil Marriage Protection Act, a bill that will bring marriage equality to Maryland:

“Today’s Senate vote to bring marriage equality to Maryland is a proud moment in our state’s history.  I am honored to have been able to cast a vote to help pass this bill. The issue of marriage equality is an issue of civil rights, and today, we have just made another footprint in the march towards progress.

“With the passage of this bill, Maryland has reaffirmed the uniquely American idea that makes our country so great: ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ Under this law, no person will be denied the happiness that comes with being able to love who they want. Years from now, our children’s textbooks will show that those individuals who opposed marriage equality were on the wrong side of history. I look forward to Governor O’Malley signing this bill into law.

“45 years ago this month, the Maryland State Senate voted to repeal the ban on interracial marriage. Today, we voted to provide equal civil rights to another subset of our population. I hope that in future generations, Marylanders look back on today and applaud us for making civil rights a priority and ensuring that all families in Maryland are protected in the eyes of our government. I hope they will look back and see this as a vote for the greater good.”

Last year, Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola was the lead sponsor of the Civil Marriage Protection Act in the Maryland State Senate and shepherded the bill through the Senate.


Statement by John Delaney on Marriage Equality Vote

Today the Maryland Senate voted in favor of the Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012. With the signature of Governor Martin O’Malley, marriage equality will be achieved in Maryland.

John Delaney releases the following statement:

“I am proud to be a Marylander on this historic day. Marriage equality is a landmark moment in the march towards greater justice and fairness in our state.

“The time for division and discrimination on these matters has passed. In Congress I will be a voice for equality.

“The new law will protect religious freedoms and continue Maryland’s heritage as a civil rights leader. Marriage equality is good news for our families.

“I applaud the leadership that Governor Martin O’Malley and Attorney General Doug Gansler have shown on this issue.”


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