Yesterday, the Maryland Senate passed HB 438 in a 25-22 vote. Governor Martin O’Malley (D) has vowed to sign the bill into law. HB 438, The Civil Marriage Protection Act, will allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a marriage license while providing religious exemptions for churches and other religious institutions. Clergy are not required to perform any marriage they do not agree with.
Opponents are already working to collect signatures required to put a referendum on the ballot to overturn the law. More than 55,000 signatures are required. If you reside in Maryland, it’s time to start the conversations with neighbors and co-workers. Make sure they understand why marriage equality is so important.
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