Maryland readying for marriage equality fight

WiG

When Maryland’s legislative session launches next week, proponents and opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage will begin another battle.

A marriage equality bill is pending in the state.

Opponents, organized as the Maryland Marriage Alliance, will hold a day of prayer and then rally at the capitol in Annapolis on Jan. 8.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality, a coalition supporting the bill, will staff phone banks on a daily basis and hold a lobby day on Feb. 13 at the capitol.

A marriage equality bill cleared the state senate in 2011, but stalled in the house of delegates when Democrats found themselves shy of the 71 votes needed.

Now, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, D, has committed to passing the legislation.

“Marriage equality will be part of the legislative package, and I am hopeful and optimistic that the men and women of the General Assembly will pass a bill,” O’Malley said last week.