February 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
Md. state bar endorses marriage bill

The Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), the state’s largest legal professional organization, voted by an overwhelming majority on Jan. 26 to endorse the proposed Civil Marriage Protection Act (Senate Bill 241), which, if passed into law, would grant same-sex couples the right to legally marry in Maryland. The bill went before the State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Jan. 31.

“I could not be prouder of our endorsement of this bill which, while protective of religious sensibilities and prerogatives, clearly and emphatically extends those civil rights embodied in our fundamental belief that ‘all men are created equal’ – and not simply ‘all heterosexual persons are created equal’ – to our entire citizenry,” MSBA President Henry E. Dugan, Jr. said in a statement.

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