ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 11, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today following the vote in the Maryland House of Delegates on SB 116 – the Civil Marriage Protection Act:
“It is my firm belief that equality under the law means equality for everyone, and our laws should reflect that fundamental principle. Together, we’ve worked hard to protect and expand these rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens in our state. It was my hope to sign a marriage equality act consistent with these progressive reforms, while protecting religious freedom in our state.
“As One Maryland we must work together to respect the dignity of every individual. I remain committed to working with all Marylanders to ensure that rights are protected for equally for everyone.”