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Maryland Governor launches campaign for marriage equality legislation

Monday, October 3, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Martin O’Malley is a Marylander for marriage equality.

The Democratic Governor on Monday released a video in which he called for balancing religious freedom with the freedom to marry.

“As a free and diverse people of many different faiths, we choose to be governed under the law by certain fundamental principles, among them, equal protection of the law for every individual and the free exercise of religion without government intervention,” O’Malley says in the video.

“The legislation we plan to introduce in the 2012 legislative session will protect religious freedom and equality of marital rights under the law,” he said.

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O’Malley has said he wants marriage equality legislation approved in the Maryland legislature’s 2012 session, and that he would make it a priority of his administration.

The Governor told reporters in July that he would borrow elements of the strategy used by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and marriage equality supporters in the Empire State to sponsor and pass a marriage equality bill in the session that begins in January.

O’Malley’s appearance marks the first advert sponsored by “Marylanders for Marriage Equality,” a coalition of groups working to pass the legislation.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. Go O’Malley!! I always liked him…but never knew why…guess i know now xD

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:14pm
  2. Let’s hope everybody learns from his example

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:15pm
  3. Good Job he is a hottie as well lol

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:23pm
  4. what ever happend to FREEDOM OF SPEECH??

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:28pm
  5. Marylanders can get married right now in DC and the marriages will be recognized in MD. GENDA FIRST.

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:31pm
  6. ;-)

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:39pm
  7. our infection is spreading!…lol

    Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:45pm
  8. Il serait peut-être temps que la France se pose enfin la question !!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 1:45am
  9. I take offense at calling “US” an infection! I thimk it would be more productive to refer to it as “Educating the geneal public”. Infection is what the right wing is promoting.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 5:44am
  10. handsome, kind, wise… love him…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 3:20pm