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VIDEO: O'Malley Announces Plans To Sponsor Gay Marriage Bill

Legislators and supporters confident governor's involvement will secure passage in 2012.

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced plans on Friday to introduce legislation supporting gay marriage in 2012. 

Mark Patro September 07, 2011 at 01:06 PM
I am serious about this issue because it is so drastically misunderstood. The passage of a Marriage Equality law in Maryland could potentially affect 16,987 households in our state according to the 2010 census data. (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-08-11/news/bs-md-census-same-sex-couples-20110811_1_gay-couples-gay-households-marriage-bill) Your question about the inclusion of unmarried heterosexual couples being included in the description of "civil union" is one case in point. Maryland State Law does not define who is included in the “description of civil union” because Maryland does not have a civil union law. Unmarried heterosexual couples have the option to get married if they want to, same-sex couples do not have this option. That is the elementary basis for THIS discussion in the first place. The discrimination, as you see it, by heterosexual couples surrounding the “big-time issues when it comes to legal matters, taxes, estate inheritance, etc” is an entirely different matter. If unmarried couples want the tax benefits that married people have they should lobby for them and work to get those changes made in Annapolis. I have seen absolutely no effort in that direction. The opportunity to get married may seem like an arbitrary desire for you but it is not for many people who are excluded from the opportunity to get married and have it recognized by state law.
Bob September 07, 2011 at 01:23 PM
I'm really glad the issue of marriage equality is being brought to the forefront of Marylanders' consciousness. For too long I have been subjected to ridicule, bigotry and discrimination because I want to marry the woman I love, a consenting adult - my cousin. I've been called a redneck inbred by countless bigots both liberal and conservative. The worst is when people say my fight for marriage equality will lead to people marrying their dogs, etc....as if a dog could consent to such a thing. That is totally offensive. My cousin and I share the most beautiful love, moreso than most non-related couples....straight or gay. Let gay people marry...along with polygamists with consenting wives. MARRIAGE EQUALITY FOR ALL!
Jill September 07, 2011 at 01:45 PM
For everyone bringing up what's in the Bible, I want to know how you know what's in the Bible is the actual truth? You do know people used to trip off of moldy bread back then and then they wrote about what they "saw?" My God is a loving God that just wants his children to be happy, kind people. I don't understand why gay and lesbian marriages upset people so much. We are all human and should have the right to marry whomever we want. Marriage equality for all!
Bart September 07, 2011 at 02:31 PM
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