March 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
Baltimore news in brief
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Members of the Westboro Baptist Church protest same-sex marriage in Washington DC

Some brief local news affecting Baltimore and the area.

  • A poll commissioned by Marylanders for Marriage Equality released on March 8 indicated 52 percent of voters would support marriage equality in a referendum while 44 percent would oppose. The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, contacted 600 voters during the period March 5-7 and has a margin of error of plus/minus 4 percent.
  • An effort was launched on Facebook to counter the protest by members of the Westboro Baptist Church against the students of Glen Burnie High School on March 13.  Possible reasons for the WBC demonstration include the school’s active Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club and its production of “The Laramie Project.”
  • On March 27, Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk will be the main speaker at a meeting held by PFLAG-Baltimore County. Quirk helped pass Bill 3-12 last month that added sexual orientation and gender identity to the county’s list of protected classes. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Rd., Lutherville.
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