March 1, 2012

Rich Ferraro
Director of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011

New York, NY, March 1, 2012 The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today lauded Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's signing of a bill that will bring marriage equality to that state.

"Step by step, we continue to draw closer to full equality for every American," said Mike Thompson, Acting President of GLAAD. "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, if asked, voters will echo Governor O'Malley's support for full equality."

Six states and the District of Columbia already issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples; Washington State is set to do the same beginning in June 2012. A May 2011 Gallup poll found that 53% of Americans believe that "marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by the law as valid."