July 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm EST | by Steve Charing
Summertime happy hours scheduled
Members of Equality Maryland marching at the Baltimore Pride parade last year (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Members of Equality Maryland marching at the Baltimore Pride parade last year. There will be a Baltimore Happy Hour fundraiser on July 18 for the organization. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

EQUAAC, Anne Arundel County’s LGBT and straight ally social group, will host its next happy hour on July 16. It will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Wild Orchid Cafe, 200 Westgate Circle in Annapolis.

Equality Maryland will host a happy hour on July 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mad River Bar and Grille, 110 S. Charles St. in Baltimore. The Federal Hill area event will feature the sale of raffle tickets for an upcoming “equality cruise.”

Equality Maryland was a critical player in the effort to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in the Free State in 2012. Last November, Maryland voters allowed stand a law that allowed for gender neutral marriages, as did voters in Washington state. Washington, Maryland and Maine (whose voters extended marriage to same-sex couples by ballot) joined six states and the District of Columbia in performing gay nuptials.

Maryland, which recognized same-sex domestic partnerships since 2009, announced recently that the domestic partnerships law would be phased out in light of the marriage law.

Phil Reese contributed to this report.

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