2012 Election

Maryland Gov. O'Malley Optimistic About Marriage Equality Vote: VIDEO

OmalleySaying that the campaign to approve existing marriage equality in Maryland is "in good shape," Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley urged supporters of Question 6 to keep giving dough straight through to election day.

“We’re now about $400,000 away from having on hand what we need to have, so this last push is critically important,” he said at a press conference last night. “We continue to raise dollars, and the interest in this question continues — more and more people are becoming interested in this, so I appreciate your coverage on it. And hopefully with your coverage of what you’re doing and what the campaign we’ll be able to get the word out and rally people to this cause.”

"We have one week to go. The campaign is in good shape," he added.

The Washington Blade reports that Marylanders for Marriage Equality has raised a total of almost $5 million. Opponents of equality scraped together about $846,865, but O'Malley predicts a final surge of anti-gay ads ahead of the election. "They’re the same ads you’ve seen in other states [with same-sex marriage campaigns;] ads even some of those that ran the ads admitted were false,” he said.

As for Robert Anderson, the Maryland reverend who says those who support gay rights are "worthy of death", and other religious leaders who warn of same-sex marriage's fire and brimstone consequences, O'Malley remarked, "That sort of rhetoric is going to be rejected by the people of our state… We are a very diverse state, ethnically and also religiously… And that sort of rhetoric of fear and division and vilifying people that are not like us for whatever reason is not the sort of thing that builds consensus in Maryland.”

O'Malley last night also touted the pro-Question 6 endorsement from The Baltimore Sun, which reads in part:

The case for Question 6, which would affirm Maryland's law authorizing same-sex marriage, is simple. It upholds the principle that the law should treat everyone the same. Marriage is both a religious and a civil institution. Churches, synagogues and mosques have always set their own rules about which marriages they recognize, and this law does not change that fact. What it does is to ensure that no Marylander faces discrimination under the law when it comes to one of the state's fundamental institutions.

Opponents of the measure have sought to confuse the issue by warning of unintended consequences of marriage equality. They claim that those who, for religious reasons, oppose same-sex unions will be persecuted. That children will be taught about same-sex marriage in school against their parents' will. That it will somehow rob children of the best possible upbringing.

Those are no more than scare tactics.

Finally, O'Malley over the weekend attended the group Art Allies' pro-equality event in Baltimore. Watch video from the party AFTER THE JUMP. O'Malley shows up around the 2:25 mark.

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  1. I am glad the Governor is optimistic. But based on polling numbers and the awful history of such votes, I am not. In fact, I think there is a growing chance we lose all four referenda Tuesday.

    Posted by: Javier | Nov 1, 2012 9:33:57 AM

  2. I would prefer to be optimistic about these equality votes but I know I'm going to be disappointed. People - including liberals -tend to say one thing to the pollsters and another thing to their voting machines. I'm predicting right here right now that all equality votes will fail next Tuesday.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 1, 2012 9:40:05 AM

  3. I swear O'Malley has the sweetest face and smile I've ever seen. Big swoon. It cheers me to look at him. I hope he's right about the Maryland vote but if he's not we can keep a winning attitude anyway and by it win ultimately.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 1, 2012 9:46:55 AM

  4. Why is everybody so down? Seriously, yes we were disappointed in the past, but people's views change over time. Let's just hope this time it's enough to put us over the top. I think we will barely eek it out in MD.

    Posted by: Anthony | Nov 1, 2012 10:49:03 AM

  5. We all hope we can all get married but the truth is putting it to a vote by the masses is not a good idea, no more than if they put it to a vote in the south for a black man to marry a white woman, they masses would vote no. That is why we have a justice system to protect the minorities under the United States Constitution where it says equal justice under the law for all Americans. That was the only way that the African Americans got their equal rights and Civil Rights in America, the Highest Courts, the Supreme Court had to give them their rights like other Americans who denied them their equal rights. You can not trust a mob to give freedom, that has been proven time and time again. The mob knows this and that is why they want it to be put to a vote. Again if people in the south were given a chance to vote on freeing the black slaves in 1860 we would still have blacks in chains as slaves today.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 1, 2012 11:20:42 AM

  6. Where does all this money go again?? Charity is fishy too these days...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Nov 1, 2012 11:36:46 AM

  7. I fear that the news on Tuesday may not be so good, but I'd still rather see marriage equality arrive by popular vote than court decisions. The aftermath of court-imposed gay marriage laws may not be pretty. Ultimately, the people can always circumvent even a Supreme Court decision with a constitutional amendment to define marriage as one-man-one-woman. Not likely, but it's possible.

    If I had money to donate to this cause I'd pick one state - either Maine or Washington - to donate to. Maryland and Minnesota are not good bets because of the Catholic and evanelical votes. Maine and Washington are more secular and likely to provide a victory. And we reach a turning point when even ONE state approves marriage equality by public referendum.

    Posted by: Mary | Nov 1, 2012 7:58:44 PM

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