A spokesperson for Martin O’Malley this morning clarified that the Maryland governor would sign a marriage equality bill if the legislature passes it.
Last week, WBAL-TV’s Dave Collins reported that the governor’s press office stated, “O’Malley would give a same-sex marriage bill careful consideration, but stopped short of saying he’d sign it.”
That statement contradicted O’Malley’s previous position that he would sign a marriage bill, prompting an alert from Equality Maryland to its supporters urging that they call the governor to complain.
“We have been on record numerous times with you and other media stating that the governor supports civil unions and believes a consensus can be found in Annapolis around civil unions,” Rick Abbruzzese, an O’Malley spokesperson, told the Blade on Monday. “But the governor has told you and other media that when a same-sex marriage bill passes the Maryland General Assembly he will sign it.”
Abbruzzese blamed a miscommunication between O’Malley’s press secretary and WBAL’s Collins for the flap.