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Maryland voters approve same-sex marriage law

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

With nearly all precincts reporting, voters in Maryland have approved the Civil Marriage Protection Act, giving same-sex couples the right to marry.

Maryland joins Maine to become one of only two states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. Maine voters approved their measures tonight as well. As of 10 p.m. PT, a similar measure in Washington state was leading 52 percent to 48 percent.

Until tonight, same-sex marriage has lost at the ballot box 33 times.

“Today the marriage equality map expands to Maryland, giving thousands more loving couples the opportunity to make lifelong commitments through marriage,” said HRC President Chad Griffin, in a statement released moments ago.

“This is a milestone night for the simple truth that when Americans are presented with the real lives of their friends and neighbors, they have no choice but to vote for their equality. It is the momentum reflected in poll after poll that shows a growing majority for marriage equality across the country.

“This victory in Maryland has been hard fought from the legislative fight to a massive campaign operation and we are so proud to have been leaders alongside our state partners in this effort.

“Governor O’Malley has been a champion of this issue and deserves the appreciation of all fair-minded Americans. His leadership, along with groups like the NAACP, have shown that at the end of the day human dignity wins out and that in this country we can have no second-class citizens or second-class marriages.

“Marylanders for Marriage Equality should be proud of their historic win and it’s been an honor for HRC to have been a part of this fight since the beginning.”

The HRC contributed more than $2.8 million to advance marriage equality in Maryland.

Same-sex couples in Maryland will be able to marry beginning January 1, 2013 — the date was included in the original legislation passed by the state’s General Assembly.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. Way to go Maryland! A step closer to equality in this nation.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:22pm
  2. So proud of my adopted state!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:24pm
  3. What about Colorado?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:24pm
  4. Congratulations to all our gay,lesbian, bi, and TG friends in Maryland!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:24pm
  5. Thank you Maryland!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:25pm
  6. :)

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:26pm
  7. Thank you to all those voted in favor of making Same Same Marriage legal in Maryland. lets work on the rest of the country

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:27pm
  8. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:31pm
  9. We’re becoming less silent and more minority!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:05am

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:04am