Watch Governor O’Malley sign the Maryland Marriage Bill Into Law

UPDATE: Well, the marriage law has been signed. Before the marriages can start, we’ll need to win the ballot measure in November. I hope the Governor’s got his political A-team working on that already.

The Governor’s official statement:

Lt. Governor Brown, Speaker Busch, President Miller, Men and Women of the General Assembly, Members of the Clergy, Fellow Marylanders:

For a free and diverse people,… for a people of many faiths,… for a people committed to the principle of religious freedom,… the way forward is always to be found through greater respect for the equal rights of all; for the human dignity of all.
Religious freedom was the very reason for our State’s founding. At the heart of religious freedom is the freedom of individual conscience.

If there is a thread that unites the story of our people, it is the thread of human dignity; the dignity of work; the dignity of family; the dignity of every child’s home; the dignity of every individual.

We are One Maryland, and all of us, at the end of the day, want the same thing for our children: to live in a loving, stable, committed home protected equally under the law.

The signing ceremony begins at 5 PM ET:

Watch live streaming video from statemaryland at livestream.com


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