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O’Malley would sign marriage bill

Miscommunication blamed for confusion

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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.

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  1. LeighAnne

    August 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

    It’s time for O’Malley to WORK FOR a same-sex marriage bill, not just pledge to sign one if it crosses his desk.

  2. Scott

    August 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    There was no miscommunication. They treat gay rights like the relative they hope won’t show up to the family reunion. Good for Equality Maryland for catching him.

  3. Eric Barreto

    August 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    My partner and I got married in DC in March. We have been residents of Maryland since 2006. We would love to know that our wonderful state would recognize our marriage as such in every sense of the word. C’mon O’Malley, get it together and Do something!

    • Chuck

      August 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

      To Eric — Per Attorney General Doug Gansler’s legal opinion, Maryland does recognize your marriage performed in D.C.

  4. Lisa

    August 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Just to close the loop on this story — the Governor’s Press Office and the Campaign jointly agreed to issue a statement to the MSM stating that the Governor will sign a marriage bill when it is passed by the legislature. Lots of thanks should go to Dave Collins at WBAL who refused to accept the Press Office’s characterization (above) that WBAL had misrepresented the Gov’s position. He pursued this with the Gov’s staff, and ultimately aired the retraction on WBAL’s Monday evening news. The Gov’s Press Secretary belatedly admitted that they had not been willing to be open with the MSM about the Gov’s willingness to sign a marriage bill — but in the future would be fully open about this with the media and the general public.

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