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Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley Apologizes for Labeling Marriage Equality Opponents 'Cowards'

Maryland's First Lady Katie O'Malley apologized today for remarks she made at NGLTF's 24th annual Creating change Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality on Thursday night.

KatieomalleyO'Malley was speaking about the marriage equality bill that failed to pass in Maryland last year, reportedly veering from prepared remarks to lash out at lawmakers who voted against it:

"There were some cowards that prevented it from passing."

Today, O'Malley said she "let my feelings get the better of me":

“I deeply respect that there are strongly held and differing views on marriage equality in Maryland but hope that our state’s elected officials will come together to fairly address this important issue for our families and children."

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, LGBT Advocates Introduce Marriage Equality Bill: VIDEO


After a breakfast meeting with LGBT advocates this morning at his residence, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley spoke to reporters about the marriage equality bill he officially introduced last night.

O'Malley stressed the religious protections in the bill:

"We have done our very best in the drafting of this bill to make very, very, very explicit the protections of religious liberty as well as the protection of rights equally under the law, and it’s my hope that that will not only allow more support in the House of Delegates but, as importantly, I hope it will allow more people throughout our state to be able to support this bill,. One does not have to be an advocate for same-sex marriage in order to support equal rights under the law.”

Watch O'Malley, Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns, President of Marylanders for Marriage Equality Ezekiel Jackson, gay couple Daryl Fields and O'Brien Banner, and Senator Richard Madaleno talk about the bill, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Governor's Introduction of Marriage Equality Bill Imminent in Maryland

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley is having breakfast with LGBT advocates tomorrow morning, after he introduces a marriage equality bill tonight, The Baltimore Sun reports:

OmalleyThe governor is expected to introduce his same-sex marriage bill this evening. He told reporters that the legislation will clarify exemptions for religious organizations that don't want to participate or honor same-sex unions.

"If there’s a difference [this year] it will probably be in regard to the respect for religious freedom and making that a little clearer in this bill," O'Malley said. He declined to elaborate.

Reports the Washington Post:

O’Malley (D) is scheduled to host a breakfast gathering of same-sex couples at Government House and then tout his legislation at a news conference afterward. Aides say O’Malley will be joined outside his residence by supportive legislators, clergy and labor leaders. Word of his plans spread as O’Malley prepared the formal release Monday night of his legislative agenda for the 90-day session that began this month.

Adds the Sun:

...In the Senate, a hearing scheduled on Jan. 31 for all bills relating to same-sex marriage in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Testimony will be limited to two hours on each side.

In the House, the bill will be jointly referred to the Judiciary and the Health and Government Affairs panels.

Out Maryland Delegate Heather Mizeur recently posted a video of her speech to the floor last year.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Bipartisan Campaign: Marriage Equality Argument Should Focus on Commitment, Not Rights

A bipartisan group hopes to shift the argument in efforts to legalize same-sex marriage to one of commitment, not rights, in an effort to persuade Americans undecided on the issue, USA Today reports:

OmalleyThe "Commitment Campaign," which is spearheaded by the centrist Democrat group Third Way and will be publicly launched today, has won support from Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat; Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent and former Republican; former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican; and Ken Mehlman, former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Advocates have long made the case that legalizing marriage for gays and lesbians is a matter of equality, but those who frame the issue that way might be reinforcing a belief among many Americans in the middle on the issue that gays and lesbians want to marry for different reasons than straight couples, according to polling by Third Way and Grove Insight.

Read the campaign's plan, below:


'Marylanders for Marriage Equality' Video Campaign Launches with Clip from Governor O'Malley: VIDEO


Like the 'New Yorkers for Marriage Equality' campaign that ran during the successful drive for same-sex marriage in the Empire State, the 'Marylanders for Marriage Equality' web video campaign will feature prominent Marylanders getting behind equality. The Human Rights Campaign is again producing the clips.

The WaPo reports:

Organizers vow to produce a steady stream of other supporters — including athletes, clergy, law enforcement officers and other well-known politicians — from now until the Maryland General Assembly votes on the issue again next year.

The ad campaign comes as both sides, including church groups that oppose same-sex marriage, gear up for a legislative rematch in January on one of the most contentious social issues debated in Annapolis in decades.

The first clip features Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.


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Maryland Governor O'Malley to Attend Marriage Equality Fundraiser

Omalley Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley will be in attandance at an Equality Maryland fundraiser for marraige equality at 5:30 tonight in Chevy Chase, the AP reports:

Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has announced he will be sponsoring legislation in next year’s session to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, is scheduled to attend.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Comptroller Peter Franchot also are scheduled to attend, as well as Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the door at Chevy Chase Town Hall...


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