Maryland same-sex marriage campaign launches with an ad featuring Gov. O'Malley
Governor O'Malley is a Marylander for Marriage Equality, 9-28-11
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: Months remain before the start of the 2012 legislative session in Maryland, but already supporters of a proposed same-sex marriage legislation are initiating efforts to garner support.
In late September, Marylanders for Marriage Equality released their first campaign video. The video features Gov. Martin O'Malley who says in the video that he plans to introduce the legislation in early 2012. The legislation, he says in the video, will protect religious freedom and equality of marital rights under the law.
The legislation, also known as Senate Bill 116 during the 2011 legislative session, would grant equal rights and protections of marriage to same-sex couples in the state. The bill was approved by the Maryland State Senate following a 25 to 21 vote on February 24, 2011 but remained pending in the Maryland House of Delegates. In March, the House returned the bill to committee; halting the approval of the proposed measure.
In late July 2011, Gov. O'Malley said that he plans to lead the legislative effort in January 2012 to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.
However, opponents of the law have already announced that they plan to prepare to launch a petition drive should the bill be approved. According to state law, if the referendum is placed on the ballot it would prevent implementation of the pending legislation until 30 days after the referendum vote.
In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters are required to collect and submit at least 55,737 valid signatures.
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