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December 7, 2011

SRB cuts latest video for same-sex marriage campaign

A day after celebrating the inauguration for her first full term as mayor, Baltimore's Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is being featured in a new video supporting same-sex marriage. We got a sneak peak at it.

In the 51 second video, Baltimore's mayor says "Just as a straight couples' commitment to family is legally recognized, so too should a gay couples' commitment be recognized by our state government."

Baltimore's mayor appeared at a City Hall news conference over the summer where a group of progressive activists announced their new coalition to lobby for a change in the state's law. The advocates are trying to target black lawmakers in Baltimore and Prince George's County, some of whom have said they are uneasy with the idea of gay nuptials.

The measure passed in the state senate last spring, but fell short in the house of delegates.

The video will appear on the Marylanders' for Marriage Equality website.

Rawlings-Blake is the seventh Marylander to appear in the group's campaign. Others include Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, Oscar winner Mo’Nique, civil rights leader Julian Bond and Prince George’s County police officer Irene Huskens.

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Categories: Same-Sex Marriage

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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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