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O’Malley attends gay marriage fundraiser

CHEVY CHASE — Gov. Martin O’Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler on Wednesday braced supporters of gay marriage rights in Maryland for a long battle and urged them to work hard throughout the state to persuade voters to support equal rights under the law for same-sex couples.

O’Malley, a Democrat who will be sponsoring gay marriage legislation in next year’s session, Brown and Gansler all spoke at a fundraiser for Equality Maryland, the state’s largest gay civil rights group. O’Malley, who has pledged to include protections for religious freedom in the measure, said the legislation is about protecting Maryland families.

“This is about making sure that every family in Maryland is able to raise their children in a loving and stable home, a home that is respected equally under the law,” O’Malley said.

The governor also encouraged an audience that filled a room in the Jane E. Lawton Community Recreational Center in Chevy Chase to be “committed to expanding that circle of inclusion into those core fundamental beliefs that unite us as a people.”

“Even people that do not yet agree with us on this issue, there’s a lot of goodness in each and every individual, and we need to engage in that goodness,” O’Malley said. “We need to call people to that goodness. We need to call people together in the center of that circle that makes us a great state — that makes us a great country — because we believe in the dignity of every individual, and we believe in the advancement of the greater good. ”

Many supporters acknowledge the likelihood that opponents of the legislation will be able to get enough signatures to petition a bill passed by the General Assembly to the November 2012 ballot.

Brown said successfully changing the state’s law that marriage must be between a man and a woman will require a coalition of supporters working in every Maryland county.

“It’s going to require thousands of phone calls and conversations, thousands of emails and letters and door-knocking,” Brown said. “It’s going to require all of us to redouble our efforts to find those Marylanders who are willing to step forward and demonstrate their commitment to marriage equality and protecting families in Maryland.”

Gansler, who issued a legal opinion last year saying Maryland must recognize gay marriages from other states, also braced supporters for a protracted political and legal challenge.

“It’s not a done deal,” Gansler, a Democrat, said. “We need to work hard, but I’m confident that will happen.”

Gay marriage legislation passed the Senate in this year’s session, but the measure stalled in the House of Delegates.

2 comments

  1. Marriage is an institution created by God, not Gov. O’Malley. What man deems to be right is enmity to God. So when God decides to change marriage from being between a MAN AND A WOMAN, then it will be acceptable. Until then, God said it’s an abomination in his sight. There is a way the seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is destruction. You cannot tear down what God has built up. The truth is not always popular and many times it hurts, but it never changes – the truth is the truth whether we believe it or not! It does not change! It’s unfortunate for our society that we just gravitate to anything whether its right or wrong. Most gay people know in their hearts that what they are doing is wrong. But they figure that if people accept it, that it will be make it alright. It’s not people you have to worry about, it’s God. He is the only Judge of what we do, not people and make no mistake, He will just us. Think about!

  2. Oh Teresa, come down off your high horse and stop being ignorant. I am a devout Catholic and even with that fact I have to acknowledge that God didn’t ‘create’ marriage. He put man and woman together he told them to have children but there isn’t one place in the bible where the word ‘marriage’ was used in that context. Sure, people were married later on in the bible but there is no proof that God created that institution. Marriage is a legal institution that has become mixed with religion because people wanted to have religious ceremonies as a part of their weddings. Now, you can lock gay people out of you church, but you have no right to dictate what the states can legally do under the law. Many Christians like to preach “In God We Trust” or things like “We were founded under Christian principles” but if the inspiration for our country was God’s will then you prove my point….Our Founding Fathers said that “All men are created equal”. They didn’t say, ‘except those gays’…they said ALL men. So, Gays deserve the same rights as us straight people, to marry and to live their lives the way they want. By the way, God doesn’t judge us because of other people’s sins…he judges us individually, by our works. You should know that if you have opened the bible.