February 14, 2011 at 9:35 am EDT | by Kevin Naff
3 things for Marylanders …

A few notes this morning about the ongoing fight for same-sex marriage in Maryland.

First, Equality Maryland is holding its Lobby Day today, Feb. 14, in Annapolis. Meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Maryland Statehouse, 100 State Circle. The weather for past lobby day events has often been cold and miserable. But with highs approaching 60 degrees today, weather is no excuse not to show up.

Second, I will be a guest on today’s Dan Rodricks Show on Baltimore’s NPR station, 88.1 WYPR from 1-2 p.m. We’ll be talking all things marriage on this Valentine’s Day along with Maryland GOP Sen. Allan Kittleman and Mary Ellen Russell of the Maryland Catholic Conference. Listen online and submit questions here.

Finally, with the Senate vote on marriage expected to be close, take a minute to contact your legislators. If you don’t know your senator, go here to find out and to get involved. It only takes a minute and lawmakers listen to their constituents. Make your voice heard.

One senator in particular needs to hear from pro-LGBT Maryland constituents. Sen. James Rosapepe, whose district includes College Park, is undecided on the marriage equality bill. Rosapepe is a Democrat, a former Clinton administration ambassador and a supposed progressive lawmaker. He was even endorsed by Progressive Maryland. It’s time for him to earn that endorsement and actually take up a progressive position and endorse marriage equality. Contact him at jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us or toll free at 800-492-7122, x3141.

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

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