With marriage equality signed into law, we are one step closer to providing equal rights to all our brothers and sisters, regardless of sexual orientation. Now we need to defend civil marriage equality in Maryland in the event that it goes to referendum and is on the ballot this November. Marylanders for Marriage Equality is leading the fight to protect civil marriage in Maryland. I urge you to assist them in their efforts by signing the pledge to defend civil marriage equality.
I am humbled to be a member of the state legislature that passed this measure; proud to live in a state that values the rights of all its citizens; and look forward to raising my children in the diverse Montgomery County, where we celebrate what unites us rather than focus on what divides us. I continue to firmly believe our diversity is one of our greatest strengths–a vital economic asset that we must not take for granted.
Also, I want to applaud the grassroots efforts of Equality Maryland, Human Rights Campaign, and many others: It was inspiring to see what superior organizing can do for a good cause. When Governor O’Malley signed the marriage equality bill into law it was in large part due to this tireless constituent dedication.
For me, marriage equality is a matter of what kind of country we want to be. Do we want to be a country that tells some citizens they are not worthy of the right to build a family through a strong marriage, simply because the person they love is of the same sex? Do we want to be a country that sends a message to gay and lesbian children across America that they are, as my friend Delegate Luke Clippinger put it, “less than human”? Or do we want to recognize that one of our country’s biggest assets has always been its diversity?