Marriage Equality Push to Relaunch in Maryland Using Lessons Learned in New York
There's little doubt that New Yorkers for Marriage, the coalition of LGBT groups which formed last April to coordinate the successful push for marriage equality in New York, achieved the success it did because the groups worked as a united force, and that appears to be what is going to happen in Maryland now.
At a press conference today, a push to win marriage equality in Maryland will be restarted, with the announcement of a similar coalition group, Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the WaPo reports:
The coalition, which plans to announce its effort at a press conference Tuesday in Baltimore, will be guided by a staff member on loan from the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights organization that is still celebrating passage of same-sex marriage legislation in New York, which became the sixth state where gay couples can marry.
Other members of the Maryland coalition include the state’s largest gay-rights lobby, Equality Maryland; the national group Freedom to Marry; the left-learning organization Progressive Maryland; labor unions Service Employees International Union and Communications Workers of America; and the American Civil Liberties Union.
As you may recall, a push for marriage equality in Maryland failed in March as anti-gay and religious groups like NOM stepped up their opposition, instilling doubt in several lawmakers who had promised "yes" votes on the measure.