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washingtonblade.com - volume 43, issue 4 - january 27, 2012

washingtonblade.com - volume 43, issue 4 - january 27, 2012

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JANUARY 27 2012 VOLUME 43 ISSUE 04 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
• WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — At a gathering on the steps of the governor’s residence here,Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday called on the state’s residents and lawmakers to join him in supporting his newly drafted same-sex marriage bill.With about 50 supporters of the bill standing behind him, including same-sexcouples, clergy members and state labor leaders, O’Malley said the bill provides aproper balance between “equal protection under the law” and “religious freedom.”His remarks came on the day after he officially introduced the Civil MarriageProtection Act into the Maryland General Assembly and minutes after he hosteda breakfast in the governor’s residence for representatives of the coalition of organizations and clergy backing the bill.“There is a broad coalition, and many are arrayed on the steps here with me, andthey are all supportive of the bill I introduced last night on civil marriage equality inthe state of Maryland,” he said.
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Maryland Gov.
MARTIN O’MALLEY 
said his marriage billprovides a balance between ‘equal protection under the law’and ‘religious freedom.’
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY PETE EXIS
O’Malley introduces Md. marriage bill
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LGBT issues absent fromState of the Union
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama called onAmericans to work toward a brighterfuture during a State of the Unionaddress on Tuesday that hit on issuesranging from the economy, foreignpolicy and the environment — butlacked any substantial mention of LGBT-related policy issues.In his speech before a joint session of Congress, Obama urged cooperationas he laid out a series policy of initiativesaimed at bolstering the nation’sstanding both at home and abroad.“As long as we’re joined in commonpurpose, as long as we maintain ourcommon resolve, our journey movesforward, our future is hopeful and the
Mixed reaction toObama speech
Advocates join guv in campaignto pass measure with expandedreligious ‘protections’
 
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