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Obama Speaks Out Against Ballot Measure to Overturn Marriage Equality in Maryland

At a campaign fundraiser, last night in Baltimore, President Obama urged Maryland voters to uphold the marriage equality law passed there earlier this year, the Washington Blade reports:

B_obama“We’re moving forward to a country where we treat everybody fairly and everybody equally, with dignity and respect,” he said during a campaign fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore. “And here in Maryland, thanks to the leadership of committed citizens and Gov. O’Malley, you have a chance to reaffirm that principle in the voting booth in November. It’s the right thing to do.”

Obama’s comments come less than a month after the Maryland Marriage Alliance submitted 113,000 signatures – more than double the 55,736 signatures they needed to collect by the end of the month to put the same-sex marriage law on the ballot. An unofficial count posted to the Maryland State Board of Elections’ website on Tuesday shows that officials have validated 109,317 of the 113,000 signatures.

MDA poll released shortly after Obama's endorsement of marriage equality in late May showed that his words had an impact, Dominion of New York reported:

A poll released yesterday shows that Maryland’s support for gay marriage has increased 12 percent since Obama’s endorsement, with most of the shift coming from African-American voters who have flipped their stance on the issue. Fifty-five percent of Maryland blacks now support gay marriage and would vote against such an amendment and 36 percent oppose it, according to the poll. It’s likely Obama’s endorsement affected them. Before it, 56 percent of blacks opposed gay marriage and 39 percent supported it.

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  1. Thanks for the wonderful article on MD!
    For those who would like to get involved in ensuring all loving, committed couples have the same rights in the "free state," please check out the campaign at

    Posted by: Rachael Stern | Jun 13, 2012 8:02:00 AM

  2. Hmmm, his comments are obviously just part of his re-election campaign.

    Posted by: the 80s revisited | Jun 13, 2012 5:40:26 PM

  3. 80's, what we know is that the President of the United States supports the equal rights of all citizens as prescribed by the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The other thing that we know is that Mitt Romney has declared that he does not support equal rights for all citizens as required by the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States and that he has stated that he never will. We also know that Romney would have to LIE to take the oath of office as President of the United States. To take that oath, he would have to say that he would "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States" and we already know that he wants to change the Constitution of the United States to forever prevent gay Americans from being treated equally under the provisions of the 14th amendment.

    Posted by: vanndean | Jun 14, 2012 12:06:47 AM

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