‘We’re going to win’ referendumﬁght, gay lawmaker predicts
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
LGBT advocates joined gay and lesbian members of theMaryland General Assembly last week in predicting votersin their state would become the ﬁrst in the nation to upholda same-sex marriage bill in a referendum expected to beplaced on the ballot in November.With a crowd of same-sex couples and the eight openlygay and lesbian members of the General Assemblystanding behind him, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley onMarch 1 signed the Civil Marriage Protection Act, whichcalls for legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.Several hundred supporters celebrated at a reception hostedby O’Malley at the governor’s residence immediately followingthe signing ceremony at the State House in Annapolis.“We’re going to win,” declared Del. Luke Clippinger(D-Baltimore City), one of seven out gay or lesbian membersof the House of Delegates.Clippinger, like the others basking in the legislativevictory, acknowledged that supporters have a difﬁcult taskahead in going against what most observers predict will bean aggressive and well-funded campaign by opponents todefeat the bill at the polls.“We’re going to win because people in our communityare going to get out, they are going to talk to their co-workers, they’re going to talk to their neighbors, they’regoing to talk to everybody they know and tell them whythis is so important,” said Clippinger.Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County), an outlesbian, said supporters across the state were poised andready to wage an unprecedented campaign to retain the bill.“It’s a very, very proud moment for all Marylanders tocelebrate this day,” she said. “We’re celebrating today and
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Support puts senators aheadof Obama on marriagefor same-sex couples
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
A group of U.S. senators is joining the wave of LGBTrights supporters calling for an endorsement of marriageequality in the Democratic Party platform.The Washington Blade received statements from theofﬁces of 22 Democratic senators — including Sens. JohnKerry (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Coons(D-Del.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) — expressing supportfor including a marriage equality plank in the DemocraticParty platform. The Blade solicited statements from all 53Democratic senators.“I think this is an historic moment for the Democratic Partyin our commitment to equal opportunity and our oppositionto discrimination … I support marriage equality and I thinkMassachusetts has taught the country an important lessonabout how marriage equality can work,” said Sen. John Kerry(D-Mass.), adding, “No one should be worried about a partyplatform that celebrates those advances.”The senators follow the lead of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen(D-N.H.), who on Feb. 28 became the ﬁrst U.S. senator thisyear to get behind the idea of including same-sex marriagein the Democratic Party platform. Shaheen, who’s also a co-chair of President Obama’s national campaign committee,said she backs a plank in support of marriage equalityproposed by the LGBT organization Freedom to Marry.In addition to calling for inclusion of marriage equalityin the Democratic Party platform, the language also backsoverturning the Defense of Marriage Act and passing DOMA
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With a crowd of same-sex couples and the eightopenly gay and lesbian members of the MarylandGeneral Assembly standing behind him, Gov.
on March 1 signed the CivilMarriage Protection Act.
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22 U.S. senators call for marriageequality plank in Dem platform
With a crowd of same-sex couples and the eight
Celebration, resolve asMd. marriage bill signed
Maryland couples from 2004lawsuit lost their case but areglad they can now legally wed.
Gay Men’s Chorus stages allmale version of camp classic;star Joshua Bennett answers20 gay questions.