I write this morning from a more just Maryland: With marriage equality on its way to Governor O’Malley’s desk, we are one step closer to providing equal rights to all our brothers and sisters, regardless of sexual orientation.
I am humbled to be a member of the state legislature that passed this measure; proud to live in a state that values its citizens’ rights no matter what religion, race, or creed; 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: It was inspiring to see what superior organizing can do for a good cause. When Governor O’Malley signs the marriage equality bill into law it will be in large part due to this tireless constituent dedication.
Lastly, as we move forward with the session I will be continuing to focus–in committee and through collaboration with my colleagues–on balancing the budget; creating jobs through sustainable initiatives; green energy; repealing the death penalty; and moving my conflict minerals and hydraulic fracturing bills through the legislative process. I look forward to hearing your input on these and other issues.