Marriage Equality Supporters Rally In Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)– Supporters of same-sex marriage flooded Annapolis, hoping to sway undecided delegates.

Meghan McCorkell has more on this season’s hot button issue.

Governor Martin O’Malley says he is still a few votes short of legalizing gay marriage. Now supporters are making a stand in Annapolis.

They’re sending a message to lawmakers. Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters gathered in Annapolis and they had the backing of a powerful ally.

“Look, we are very, very close but we are not done. We need your help. We need you to keep pushing,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

Fifteen thousand postcards will be delivered to members of the General Assembly, pushing them to support marriage equality.

“It’s a personal thing for so many Marylanders. It would mean so much,” said Woody Brosnan.

“I would really like to have a big ceremony but I am not going to spend the money here in this state until they are willing to accept me as I am for my marriage,” said Chris Riley.

Monday night’s rally follows a marathon House hearing. Last Friday, supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage testified for 10.5 hours.

“A vote for redefining marriage, I believe, is a vote against religion,” said Carl Crank.

“Adam and Eve, yes. Adam and Steve, no,” chanted opponents.

Two weeks ago, opponents of same-sex marriage held their own rally in the state capital.

“God bless a marriage between one man and one woman,” said an opponent.

It’s an issue dividing the state. Just last year, the Senate passed same-sex marriage but it failed in the House of Delegates.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” said a supporter.

Supporters here just hope they have the votes this year.

The governor says getting more Republican votes in the House of Delegates will be key to passing the Marriage Equality bill.

Monday, the governor of Washington state signed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. Washington is the seventh state to do so.

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  • true

    A vote for redefining marriage is a vote against religion SO WELL STATED Have your union but name it what it is a new act

    • jim

      That has to be the most stupidest thing I have ever read.

      • true

        Great come back James

  • J

    marriage has been the same for thousands of years and a bunch of arrogant liberals think that they know better. Sad…

    • A thought

      Let’s look at your statement that marriage has not changed for “thousands of years”, shall we? In the early days depicted in the Bible a man could have more than one wife. Today, polygamy is illegal. Thus marriage has changed. In the middle ages and beyond, people more often married for land and political reasons. Today, most people marry for love. Thus marriage has changed. Before the 1400s, it was almost impossible to end a marriage. Today, all you have to site is irreconcilable differences to end your 55 hour marriage. Thus marriage has changed. Up until the 1960s, marriages between a black person and a white person were not recognized by all states as a legal defining marriage. Today, it would be inconceivable for the state to tell a couple that they are not married because of the difference in their skin colors. Thus marriage has changed. I could go on but I think you see my point. And few of these changes were brought on by “arrogant liberals”, though I guess you can thank us for allowing interracial marriage. You can still argue that all these new forms of marriage still involve a man and a woman (or in the case of polygamy, multiples) but that is your only argument for consistency. And even that isn’t going to hold up much longer.

  • Judy

    Liberals are all freaking idiots!!

    • Eric

      The name is calling is so immature…. Just proves mature, intelliengent people are on the ride side of this issue.

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  • Stupidity Rules

    Please let this pass so we can address the economic problems in this state. The politicians are focusing on this to avoid the issues that affect ALL of us. I am starting to believe they planned it this way since they do not know how to solve the budget woes without taxes and fees. We are all in this together and we have to stay united and send a message to Annapolis.

    • mr.right

      If this is allowed to pass , economics is the least of our problems! Our moral equilibrium is way off kilter whenever we think we can take something sacred and desecrated with such abominable act! Marriage was God’s idea! And that which God has put together let no man cast asunder.

      • Rekimi

        The only god that exists is the one that people fear in the form of a book. It is moral to make others miserable at the cost to keep insecurity down which never goes away or properly handled.

  • Donna Andrade Martin

    come on is this going to fix the world problem hell know but they forgot about the thing that really matter One MAN ONE WOMAN IS MARRIAGE NOT 2 OF THE SAME SEX

  • Jessie

    Contrary to what many people think, a “marriage” is a legal action, and not based in religion unless you choose to add that element to it. I am not a Christian or Catholic, and yet I am getting Married and must have a state-issued, Marriage License in order for it to be legally accepted for tax and government purposes. There will be nothing in our ceremony that includes God, and yet it’s still considered a marriage. Why in the world is this argument that this same version of marriage must be denied to same-sex couples? The argument doesn’t make sense, and people are being denied legal equality because of it, even though there is supposed to be a separation of Church and State.

  • Jessica Ward

    everyone deserves equal rights, my family deserves the same rights and protections under the law as anyone else. we all need to remember that our own personal religious beliefs shoud not affect laws and rights of our peers. this country was founded on religious freedom and the SEPERATION or church and state.

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  • NNM

    Well said! I am not looking for gods blessing on my marriage. This is about legal protection and equal rights for all citizens.

  • Gio

    Those opposed to marriage equality who use religion as their base argument allow themselves to forget the base foundation of devotion systems: Hate is wrong. To act on hate is immoral and illegal.
    The hate comments noted are absurdly inhumane, written in such disarray they’re barely understandable, and would hold no degree of community, legal, or religious respect, and be immediately dismissed.
    Please keep current with your religious and state leaders, do not teach hate, spell correctly, and check your facts. Maryland has long been a most open-minded state and lead in diversity, education, and equality, and will continue to be.

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