Yesterday, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) signed marriage equality into law, making Maryland the 8th state to recognize the need for all residents to have equal rights. While congratulations are in order, the fight continues. The new law does not take effect until January 2013. Anti-equality forces are preparing a ballot referendum like they’ve done with New Hampshire, California and Maine.
Social justice has always been at the heart of ADA’s mission. As a leading voice during the civil rights movement, we have long considered marriage as a civil rights struggle. Over the last few years, we have sent staff to New Hampshire to help the No on 1 campaign, testified in support of marriage bills in D.C. and Maryland, and joined the battle for equal rights across the nation. Also, our Working Families Win project has engaged in successful grassroots campaigns protecting marriage equality in Iowa and Indiana.
The polls show Maryland voters split evenly on marriage equality. Today, the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage was quick to announce, “The Maryland same-sex marriage legislation is a meaningless, symbolic act … The people of Maryland, not politicians, will have the final say on marriage. And they will overturn this act of the General Assembly." They are partially right – the people will have the final say on marriage. And with your help, ADA will continue standing up to equality opponents and educating Maryland residents about this historic opportunity to oppose discrimination.
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Michael J. Wilson, ADA National Director
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