Maryland

Maryland is the 7th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on April 28, 1788. Its most populous city is Baltimore, and the state capitol is located in Annapolis.

LGBT Rights in Maryland: Same-sex marriage became legal in Maryland on Jan. 1, 2013, approved by 52.4 percent of voters in a ballot referendum on Nov. 6, 2012. The measure was originally passed in the Legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley on March 1, 2012. State law protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation, but not gender identity. State law protects against hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. State law permits any adult to petition to adopt and recognizes same-sex couples as co-parents.

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Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg donates $250,000 to Maryland marriage equality campaign

Friday, October 12, 2012
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has taken his support of same-sex marriage national by donating $250,000 to support the Maryland ballot initiative aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Angela McCaskill Photo courtesy Gallaudet University

University administrator placed on leave for signing Md. marriage petition

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Gallaudet University has placed a senior administrator on leave after she reportedly signed a petition against Maryland’s same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]
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Polls in Washington, Maine, Maryland show voter support for same-sex marriage

Monday, October 8, 2012
Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington state may be among the first ever to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box, as recent polling suggests marriage equality bills gaining support leading up to the November general election. [ Read more → ]
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The effects of marriage referendums and what to do about them

Sunday, October 7, 2012
This November, four states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington) have marriage definition questions on their ballots. Within the LGBT community and society at large, we often think of the effects of these elections in terms of whether or not marriage equality will expand to another state, or whether yet another state will ingrain discrimination into its constitution. What we don’t consider — but we ought to — is the toll that these referendums can take on LGB people during the election season itself. [ Read more → ]
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at a recent D.C. fundraiser for Marylanders for Marriage Equality.Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Democracy for America to ask members to support state marriage campaigns

Friday, October 5, 2012
The Washington Blade has learned that Democracy for America will ask its supporters to donate to the four statewide same-sex marriage campaigns. [ Read more → ]
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Former NFL commissioner donates $100,000 to Md. marriage campaign

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Former National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Tuesday announced that he and his wife have donated $100,000 to the campaign to defend Maryland’s same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]
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Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Birk: ‘Not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing’

Monday, October 1, 2012
Matt Birk, the Baltimore Ravens center (and former Minnesota Viking), is the latest NFL player to enter the debate on marriage equality, and has penned an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune opposing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wants to debate anti-gay lawmaker

Friday, September 28, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter whose profanity-laced letter to a Maryland lawmaker in defense of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support of same-sex marriage, wants to debate a Minnesota state representative who has expressed anti-gay views. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.)

O’Malley: Maryland marriage campaign needs to raise another $2 million

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said on Monday that the campaign to defend his state’s same-sex marriage law needs to raise another $2 million ahead of the Nov. 6 referendum. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Harry Jackson

Harry Jackson cites dubious studies to claim gay parents harm children

Monday, September 24, 2012
Trying to boost his campaign to generate a voter rebellion against Democrats over the issue of marriage equality, Harry Jackson wrote in his column today that legalizing same-sex marriage would harm children. [ Read more → ]
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Al Sharpton, black ministers voice support for Maryland marriage equality

Saturday, September 22, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A group of African American clergy were joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton for a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Friday to voice their support for Maryland's marriage equality law, and to dispel the myth that all black ministers are against same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Evan Wolfson

Freedom to Marry changes course, launches Maryland marriage PAC

Friday, September 21, 2012
The Washington Blade has learned that Freedom to Marry has formed a political action committee that will allow it to raise money to defend Maryland’s same-sex marriage law, a change of course from earlier this year when the organization declined to join the coalition of groups defending the law. [ Read more → ]
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Maryland Governor to attend same-sex marriage fundraiser with Ravens’ Ayanbadejo

Thursday, September 20, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is teaming up with the Baltimore Ravens' linebacker, Brendon Ayanbadejo, for a joint appearance next month to raise money and gain support for the state's marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
Emmett C. Burns

Lawmaker backs off demand that Ravens silence player’s support of gay marriage

Monday, September 10, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Maryland lawmaker who wrote to the owner of the Baltimore Ravens professional football team last month, asking that the team silence linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo over his support of same-sex marriage, has backed off from his opposition following a national outcry after the letter was made public last week. [ Read more → ]
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NFL’s Chris Kluwe to anti-gay lawmaker: ‘Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that?’

Friday, September 7, 2012
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on Friday entered the controversy surrounding a Maryland lawmaker’s attempts to stifle Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Brendon Ayanbadejo

NFL player responds to lawmaker’s demand that he stops supporting marriage equality

Friday, September 7, 2012
Brendon Ayanbadejo, a linebacker for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, on Friday responded to a Maryland lawmaker who demanded that he "cease and desist" his support for marriage equality, and expressed surprise that a politician would try to stifle his free speech. [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy groups launch effort to support state marriage campaigns

Thursday, September 6, 2012
A group of LGBT advocacy organizations on Thursday launched the "United for Marriage" campaign, a national effort to recruit volunteers for the state marriage campaigns. [ Read more → ]
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Roundup: Marriage equality endorsed by key Republican figures

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Washington's anti-gay activists are falling way behind in fundraising, as the pro-equality side gears up for a huge television ad campaign. And support for marriage equality grows, with endorsements from key Republican figures including one of the Koch brothers. [ Read more → ]
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Is 2012 shaping up as the year of marriage equality?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Republican National Convention gets down to business today in Tampa, Fla., where delegates are expected to overwhelmingly pass the Republican Party platform that is unequivocally against marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Despite that, could 2012 turn out to be the year of marriage equality? [ Read more → ]
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Baltimore Sun: Campaign of marriage misinformation begins in Maryland

Sunday, August 26, 2012
In a new editorial column Sunday, the Baltimore Sun takes aim at opponents of Maryland’s marriage equality law, and said they are “resorting to the same playbook of false attacks they have used to great effect in other states.” [ Read more → ]
Donald Dwyer

Anti-gay Maryland lawmaker who crashed boat admits he was operating while impaired

Friday, August 24, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Maryland Republican lawmaker Donald Dwyer, a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, has admitted to being under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his boat into another boat carrying four adults and five children. [ Read more → ]
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Marriage equality supporters pleased with language approved for ballot referendum

Monday, August 20, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Marriage equality supporters are pleased with language approved by the Maryland State Board of Elections for the November referendum on the state's same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]
Harry Jackson

Meet Harry Jackson, Maryland’s leading anti-gay race baiter

Saturday, August 18, 2012
Bishop Harry Jackson is one of the leading anti-gay voices working to repeal Maryland’s proposed marriage equality law in November, and he’s being bankrolled heavily by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), according to a new report from Mother Jones. [ Read more → ]
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Chick-fil-A vandalized with marriage equality stickers, rainbow flags

Monday, August 13, 2012
FREDERICK, Md. -- A Chick-fil-A restaurant located on on Urbana Pike in Frederick, Md., was vandalized in the early morning hours on Sunday, according to a spokesman for Frederick County sheriff's office. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.)

Maryland gaming measure could have negative impact on same-sex marriage ballot teferendum

Thursday, August 9, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's plan to reconvene the state legislature for a special session Thursday to consider adding a voter initiative on approving gaming in the state could contribute to defeating the same-sex marriage bill, according to political analysts. [ Read more → ]
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