February 8, 2012 | by Steve Charing
O’Malley pushes marriage bill in address
Martin O'Malley, gay news, gay politics dc

Gov. Martin O'Malley testifies before the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

One day after testifying before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Gov. Martin O’Malley called for a bill to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples during his State of the State address.

“It’s not right and it’s not just that children of gay couples should have less protection than the children of other families in the state,” he said.

At the committee hearing on Jan. 31, O’Malley was among several prominent elected officials to testify on behalf of the bill. “This bill balances an individual’s civil marriage rights with the important protections of religious freedoms for all,” O’Malley said. “And because it protects both of these inalienable rights, it is supported by a broad coalition of Marylanders, which includes clergy, community leaders, faith-based organizations, civil rights groups and those who hold the most important title of all in our democracy, and that title is citizen.”

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, Sens. Richard Madaleno, Jamie Raskin and Robert Garagiola—all Democrats—and Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, a Republican, also lent support.

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  • The religious protections essentially restate legal principles that are already in effect for the benefit of the clueless members and clergy of sex-based churches. Churches have always been able to make rules about who is and is not eligible to be married in the church, and clergy (as well as lay marriage celebrants in Virginia) can turn people down. Under the first amendment, that can’t change. Broadening civil marriage to include everyone also doesn’t change anything for clerks of the court, since they do not now and never have had the ability to exercise personal discretion about whom they marry.

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