October 22, 2012
From her Baltimore kitchen, Rebecca Murphy is lobbying legislators, crafting signs and making phone calls as she wages a battle to allow gays and lesbians to marry in her state. The married mother of two doesn't have a personal stake in the fight. Rather, Murphy represents the growing number of people nationwide who support gay rights regardless of their own sexual orientation. "I have gay and lesbian friends and family who are raising children and creating lives, and they deserve to be treated fairly," she says. As national polls show a shift in attitudes about marriage, Murphy's state of Maryland is one of three poised to put the issue to an up-or-down popular vote for the first time next month.