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House Passage of Maryland's Marriage Equality Bill Not Assured

The Washington Post reports that a vote on Maryland's marriage equality bill in the House of Delegates could come to a vote by the end of next week. The bill passed the Maryland senate earlier this week.

Mdhouse The Washington Blade has a report on yesterday's lengthy hearing, and concerns that passage of the bill will fall short:

“There’s an effort to derail this bill like none I’ve seen before,” said gay State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), the author and one of the lead sponsors of the marriage equality bill in the Senate.

In a telephone news briefing on Friday, Madaleno said the mainstream media have repeatedly reported an earlier assumption that support for the bill was greater in the House than in the Senate, and approval of the measure in the Senate guaranteed its passage in the House.

With opponents, including the Maryland Catholic Conference and the New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage, applying enormous pressure on wavering delegates, Madaleno and Equality Maryland officials said support in the House might be in jeopardy.

It is now more important than ever for Marylanders to call their lawmakers, urging them to vote yes on the marriage equality legislation now pending. Equality Maryland has information on how to do that HERE.

Meanwhile, anti-gay Maryland Delegate Don Dwyer has been distributing disgusting material from designated hate group MassResistance connecting same-sex marriage to children in public schools.

Jeremy Hooper at Good As You has a post up on what we can expect should marriage equality be passed in the state: "First, 'Protect Marriage Maryland' head Robert Broadus will fault the pro-equality side for being motivated, diverse early birds who are able to organize their peeps. Then he'll say all kinds of other stuff about his personal faith, our public policy, and bisexuals who innately want to marry multiple people."

Watch some of the testimony from yesterday's hearings, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I hope that Maryland Equality abandons the idea of leaving transgender people out of the loop in order to have legislation passed the GLB people... that would be an abomination.

    Posted by: John Hosty-Grinnell | Feb 26, 2011 5:45:03 PM

  2. I’ve got a good friend in Silver Spring who called her Senate rep and now I’ve got her contacting her House delegates. Everyone please have your Marylander friends and family do the same. As we know, we can never take anything for granted...

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 26, 2011 6:07:19 PM

  3. I already got in touch with a friend who lives in Maryland to tell him to call his cities' representative and I'm going to tell him to call more people. We cannot expect these things to be handed to us, unfortunately. We have to fight, because if we don't, we've seen the results.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 26, 2011 7:09:07 PM

  4. Marylanders, please contact your House delegates and Senate Reps and ask them to support marriage equality.

    Show the rest of the country that Maryland is ready to take the lead in ensuring fairness and equality for all citizens.

    What else can we do?

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Feb 26, 2011 8:31:33 PM

  5. MassResistance!? Are you for real? MassR is a certified SPLC hate quack one-man show operation here in Boston. He is a vile man intent on making a living out of dehumanizing the entire LGBTQCommunity. He's Porno Pete's lover.

    Posted by: Ben | Feb 26, 2011 9:13:40 PM

  6. The bill needs 71 votes to pass (there are 141 delegates in the Assembly). There are currently 59 (as best as I can count) cosponsors. They are:
    Barve, Barnes, Mitchell, Alston, Anderson, Arora, Barkley, Bobo, Bromwell, Carr, Carter, Clagett, Clippinger, Conaway, Cullison, Dumais, Feldman, Frick, Frush, Gaines, Gilchrist, Gutierrez, Guzzone, Hammen, Harrison, Haynes, Hixson, Hubbard, Hucker, Ivey, Kaiser, A. Kelly, Kramer, Lafferty, Lee, Luedtke, McHale, McIntosh, A. Miller, Mizeur, Murphy, Niemann, Pena-Melnyk, Pendergrass, Reznik, B. Robinson, S. Robinson, Rosenberg, Ross, Simmons, Stein, Stukes, Summers, Tarrant, F. Turner, Valderrama, Waldstreicher, Washington, and Zucker

    The current status of the bill is here:

    Posted by: Jeremy | Feb 27, 2011 1:12:26 AM

  7. Those in Maryland or if you know ANYONE from Maryland....write a HEARTFELT letter to them describing why this issue means a great deal to you and how much you would appreciate them calling their representative. You win with numbers and we need to do the work and galvanize our allies and each other. PLEASE do your part and as involved as the zealots want to get toward matters that concern US....*we* must be far more involved, engaged, and passionate toward matters that outline our entire future, the future of LGBT youth and the future of our merit in this society.

    Get out there and do your part, as complacency IS enabling bigotry.

    Posted by: Patrick A. | Feb 27, 2011 7:08:00 AM

  8. NOM is based in New Jersey and applying serious pressure on MARYLAND law makers so why are we only asking LGBT from Maryland to contact MD law makers? Wouldn't it be wise for LGBT and LGBT supporters across the country to contact Maryland law makers? I think we all owe it to ourselves and our gay brothers and sisters across the country and world to call various Maryland law makers and make our united voices be heard. That's how the hate mongers do it and we need to take a page right out of their book on this one.

    Posted by: Hugh | Feb 27, 2011 7:12:57 AM

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