Maryland Marriage Bill Sent Back to Committee

The Maryland House of Delegates sent a bill that would grant marriage to loving and committed gay and lesbian couples in Maryland back to the judiciary committee, a move that implies there wasn’t enough legislative support to pass the bill. Equality Maryland issued a statement saying: "While we are disappointed the House did not vote to pass marriage equality today, we are confident we will win in the future. With so much at stake today for thousands of Maryland families, we are thankful that our legislative allies have taken such care with this vote. It is best to delay this historic vote until we are absolutely sure we have the votes to win. We look forward to working strategically with our amazing allies in the legislature, and our supporters across the state, to continue to build support for, and win, marriage equality in the Free State. We commend the thousands of supporters across the state who made calls, sent emails, and met with their legislators to tell them why all Maryland couples should be treated fairly. Folks from all over Maryland stood up and told their stories, got involved and built grassroots support to extend to the freedom to marry to all loving and committed couples.  As a result of the tireless efforts, strong hearts, and the determination of gay and lesbian couples and our many allies it is only a matter of time before Marylanders achieve marriage equality.   Equality Maryland is more committed than ever to this fight. We're committed to working with our allies in the legislature to redouble our efforts to ensure that our voices are heard and our rights are protected. We know our cause is just. We know that a growing majority of Marylanders believe in the same values of fairness and equality.  We must commit to this fight for the long haul, and together we will triumph!" Maryland would’ve been the sixth state to grant marriages to gay and lesbian couples. Advocates contend to keep up the fight for equality.