Amid cheers and camera flashes from a crush of on-lookers, Gov.Martin O'Malleyon Thursday signed into law his bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland — legislation that adds sparkle to his national profile and, advocates say, gives momentum to those pushing similar measures in three states. "The way forward is always found through greater respect for the equal rights of all," said O'Malley, giving brief remarks before inking the bill. "If there is a thread that unites all of our work here together it is the thread of human dignity. … Let's sign the bill."
Step by step, we continue to draw closer to full equality for every American. Today’s historic bill signing reflects the opinion of a growing majority of Americans who -- regardless of race, political affiliation and religion -- believe that every committed couple should be able to marry the person they love. Though opponents have already taken measures to deprive gay and lesbian Marylanders of the vital protections that only marriage can afford, we remain confident that voters will echo Governor O’Malley’s support for full equality. http://www.glaad.org/blog/maryland-governor-signs-marriage-equality-law