O'Malley stars in same-sex marriage ad campaign
The first video, which is online only, features the governor pitching his legislation and promising that it will “protect religious freedom." O'Malley said over the summer that he will make same-sex marriage one of a "handful" of priorities in next year's session.
"I ask you to join us as we work to pass marriage equality in the state of Maryland," O'Malley says. The video was produced by Marylanders for Marriage Equality, an alliance of progressive advocates pushing same-sex marriage in the state.
Notably, O'Malley does not once use the phrase "same-sex marriage" or "civil marriage" in the 47 second ad, terms were frequently used used during the debate last session. Instead he refers to his efforts as a push for "marriage equality."