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Maryland Governor O'Malley Discusses Shift to Marriage Equality, Forthcoming Bill: VIDEO

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley spoke this morning about the a marriage equality bill in his state which he intends to sponsor in the next legislative session. "I hope it passes. It should pass," O'Malley told Mark Segraves on WTOP's 'Meet the Governor' program.

Omalley Said O'Malley on the shift in his position from supporting civil unions to marriage equality:

“I had made a judgment...and thought that the place for consensus – the point at which that wave would crest, if you will – was around civil unions. I think we are past that point and I believe that the consensus that needs to be reached is on marital equality rights...And I intend to sponsor that legislation and make it part of our legislative agenda in the upcoming session.”

Added O'Malley on religious freedoms and equality:

“I think with every day that goes by I think people become more comfortable with the notion, you know, that laws need to be protected equally in a pluralistic society. And we need to find a way to protect religious freedom. … And sacraments should be left to churches and religious faiths, but a government of laws needs to enforce rights and protect rights equally among all people.”


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  1. Thanks, Martin! But you still have to help us out by being visible and vocal when session starts.

    Posted by: K | Aug 23, 2011 11:13:41 AM

  2. First, he was only in favor of civil unions. Then the MD legislature debated marriage and O'Malley was nowhere to be found -- totally missing in action.

    Then: polls show that a slim majority of Americans support marriage equality, and that the trend is going towards full majority in a couple of years.

    Then: Gov. Cuomo in NY showed what real leadership is like and gets marriage equality for his state.

    So NOW -- O'Malley suddenly decides that marriage equality is what MD need afterall!

    Just remember one thing: Politicians are NOT leaders! They follow the crowd and enter the room only when it's safe. IF we are going to secure our rights, we cannot look to politicians to give it to us. Instead, we need to organize and get support across the board that is so strong, no politician can ignore it.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 23, 2011 12:06:02 PM

  3. @Randy He's with us now. That's all that matters. We had a miserable campaign last year, now we need to shape up. Let's not push away our allies in the process.

    Posted by: K | Aug 23, 2011 12:20:15 PM

  4. He promises gay marriage - but will the Maryland Legusalture deliver???

    Also do not forget the other bill that is just as important for Marylanders -

    the Gender Idenity Rights Bill as well that will add "gender idenity" to the anti-discrimination legialtion that only has sexual orientation. Hate crime laws are already covered on the basis of both sexual orientation and/or gender idenity in Maryland.

    Posted by: Gay Activist | Aug 24, 2011 4:29:30 AM

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