Following two-dozen similar events that had taken place throughout Baltimore and neighboring counties, Light Brigade Maryland shined one more time the evening after the historic referendum victory that legalized same-sex marriage in Maryland.
More than 25 people backed by large rainbow flags braved the chill and dampness as well as a massive water main break in Midtown to gather at McKeldin Square at the Inner Harbor. The diverse crowd held up lit panels spelling out “MARRIAGE VICTORY 6” denoting the victory on Question 6 on Election Day. Del. Mary Washington and GLCCB Board President Bud Beehler were among the celebrants.
As traffic meandered through the busy intersection of Light and Pratt Streets, many motorists honked their horns as a gesture of support and to cheer the victory.
These events, inspired by a similar group in Wisconsin during the governor recall election earlier this year, garnered national exposure in blogs and news outlets. Using lit panels, volunteers held up individual letters on highway overpasses, bridges and other venues to spell out assorted slogans advocating marriage equality. The group’s Facebook page with 735 members is the primary source for disseminating information and posting photos from the events.
“I have heard from many people that they think Light Brigade Maryland has had a positive impact. I tend to think the Light Brigade Maryland project worked to get people excited and keep them engaged,” Mark Patro, the founder and principal organizer of Light Brigade Maryland, told the Blade.
Following the victory on marriage equality, the Light Brigade is considering joining the Moving Maryland Forward Network, which works to support progressive social justice issues. The lights may keep on shining.