Adam Polaski

Maryland & Colorado Begin Push for Marriage

Filed By Adam Polaski | July 22, 2011 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: ballot initiatives, Colorado, governor, marriage equality, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, New York, O'Malley

MartinOMalley.jpegAs New York gears up for the marriage equality law taking effect on Sunday, at least two other states are taking the first steps in working toward marriage equality.

In Colorado, LGBT advocates received permission from a state board on Wednesday to begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would overturn the state's existing ban of same-sex marriage, which has been in place since 2006.

The ballot measure would replace the current language permitting marriage only between one man and one woman with an updated sentence: "Marriage will have the same requirements and effects regardless of whether the parties are the same or different sex."

Earlier this year, a bill for civil unions for same-sex couples failed in the state's Republican-dominated House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to announce later today that he will push harder for marriage equality in his state. A legislative campaign for marriage equality in Maryland failed last year; despite passing in the Senate, it failed in the House of Delegates.

O'Malley has said that the success of marriage equality in New York - especially with regard to the religious exemptions approved in the state - have sparked his renewed interest in the marriage campaign for Maryland. O'Malley could take on a role parallel to that of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York, who advocated hard to bring the issue to a successful vote in the NY Senate last month.

Check back for updates today regarding O'Malley's expected press conference.

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It is acceptable to push for marriage equality in Colorado since basic civil rights are fully covered, but the LGBTI movement in Maryland has a moral and ethical obligation to secure basic antidiscrimination protection for trans people before moving on same-sex marriage.