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January 25, 2011

Advocates, lawmakers kick off gay marriage push

A dozen lawmakers from the Maryland House and Senate formally kicked off their push for gay marriage this afternoon using sweeping comparisons to the civil rights battles and generational shifts in attitude.

House freshman Keiffer Mitchell from Baltimore said "years from now children will ask where you were" on the issue. "History will record where we stood." He held up a pen used by Gov. Spiro Agnew to sign the law allowing interracial marriage, and said he hopes to have a similar stylus from Gov. Martin O'Malley this year if gay marriage passes.

House Majority Leader Kumar Barve said the bill "goes to the very core of what it means to be an American." He also reference the next generation. "Twenty years from now I look forward to the day when young people will say 'What was the big deal?'"

The Senate bill, sponsored by Majority Leader Rob Garagiola and Sen. Rich Madaleno, was introduced last week and has a total of 18 sponsors. Twenty-four votes are needed for final passage, though the bill will almost definitely be subject to a filibuster. Garagiola said advocates are working "very, very hard" to secure the votes to overcome that hurdle.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 11:42 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: 2011 legislative session
        

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I sure wish this passes thru. Is their a guide which advised on the process of the legislation -- committee meetings, # votes in each chamber and so on and the expected timeline for the same

SA,

Just sign up on Equality Maryland's website. They will keep you updated on what's going on.

We have members of the LGBT community on the streets suffering and we are worried about MARRIAGE?
Where will history show YOU stood on THAT issue. The question of decency and moral imperative. The homeless and unemployed LGBTs on the streets will not benefit from the ability to marry. Pass a complete GIADA first !

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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