Maryland Governor O’Malley Announces Support for Marriage Equality Bill, Calls It ‘Administration Priority’


Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced his support for a marriage equality bill in Maryland today at a press conference.

The Washington Post reports:

O’Malley (D), a Catholic who supported civil unions earlier in his political career, said a gay nuptials bill would be “one of the handful of bills that will be an administration priority” in January.

“At the end of the day, I think all of us need to look at this issue from the eyes of children of gay, committed couples and ask ourselves how one family could be protected less in the eyes of the law than another family,” O’Malley said at a news conference in Annapolis. “I don’t think that’s an injustice that can be allowed to stand.”

Last year, as a marriage equality bill passed through the state's legislature (it ultimately failed), O'Malley said he would sign such a bill if it came to his desk, but this is the first time that O'Malley has expressed outright support for a bill and said he would work to pass it.