January 21, 2011 at 7:59 am EST | by Kevin Naff
More positive signs in Md.

After four years of frustration and disappointment, the stars may be aligning for passage of same-sex marriage in Maryland this year.

New House and Senate committee assignments should ensure that the bill moves to the floor of both chambers for a vote. The House has had the votes to pass it and the same appears true now in the Senate. The Senate president isn’t a supporter, but at least he’s not standing in the way of progress.

Today, another positive sign. Del. Maggie McIntosh sent an e-mail newsletter to constituents previewing the new legislative session, which opened last week. In it she writes:

“As one of the main sponsors of marriage equality legislation the past few years, I am pleased to say 2011 is the first year that I feel a civil marriage bill can and will pass in the Maryland Senate. President Miller, while not a proponent of same-sex marriage, is cooperating with those of us that have made this a priority issue and we are just a few confirmed votes of passing a bill. I am working with advocacy groups and my fellow Delegates to ensure that when a civil marriage bill makes it through the Senate we pass it in the House.”

McIntosh is an experienced, savvy legislator and wouldn’t express such public confidence in the outcome of this vote if it weren’t going to happen. The marriage bill will be introduced next week. If you live in Maryland, it’s time to contact your delegates and senators. Also, make plans to spend Valentine’s Day in Annapolis for Equality Maryland’s annual Lobby Day.

Maryland is on the brink of making history. Now is the time to get involved to ensure the opportunity doesn’t slip away.

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

  • The MOST important thing that constituents can do at this moment to help achieve marriage equality in Maryland — click on the LINK in the Op-Ed above and contact your Delegate or Senator. They must hear from us to be thanked, and in order to have confidence that a vote for equality is supported by a broad range of citizens.

  • FAt chance with my delegate- tony mcconkey. Disbarred lawyr, lost Real estate license but got it back. Punched a woman in the face, and I’m told beats his wife.

    He’s another one of what I call the veneer of civility mafia – friendly when he wants to be, look out otherwise.

    Oh btw- the worst murderer in history the cahtolic church of the 1000 year dark ages, the crusade against the muslims that cost perhaps 40 million lives and poisoned that religion, think 9/11,

    And gave the world the hatred of the Jews, which the catholic hitler leveraged to gain power and 50 million died.
    And whose german born pope in 2009 UNexcommunciated a Bishop Williamson, a holocaust denier.

    Setting in motion when Argentina discovered that Williamson was living there, what led to gay marriage in that country.

    which had had more then its share of church supported fascist leaders like Peron, and temple bombings (large Jewish community in Buenos Aires). Thanks to the catholic churhc having given passports a significant number of Nazis at the end of WWII

    Eichmann, the guy with the final solution btw, was found living in Argentina, and spirited away on an Israeli airliner, half drugged and dressed as an extra deadheading pilot

    To Israel and the end of a rope.

  • What are the chances that NOM can collect enough signatures for a ballot measure?

  • According to Ballotpedia, 55, 736 signatures need to be collected for a veto referendum. That is a doable number.

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