Marriage equality advocates rallied on the steps of the Maryland state house last night as the state Senate is scheduled to begin deliberating same-sex unions later this week.
The Baltimore Sun reports: ” The first hearing on legislation to legalize same-sex marriage will be held Thursday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. The panel also will consider a constitutional amendment to ban same sex-unions as well as bills to create domestic partnerships that would replace civil marriage and to allow so-called covenant marriage, a legally distinct matrimony that’s optional and limits grounds for divorce. The fight for gay marriage moved to the legislature after the Maryland Court of Appeals in September upheld the existing state statute de fining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Activists said Monday that civil unions would not be an adequate compromise.”
The demonstrators also made more than 115 visits with lawmakers to make personal impressions on those who will be considering the measures.