O’Malley Signing Marriage Equality Bill Thursday
By Jason Carson Wilson
Maryland’s marriage equality bill officially becomes law Thursday. The Associated Press reports Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will gladly fulfill his promise to sign the legislation during a 5 p.m. ceremony. The location is yet to be determined, an O’Malley spokesman said.
Maryland state Senate approved the measure by a 25-22 vote last Thursday. The state’s House of Delegates approved the marriage equality bill in a 71-67 vote.
Once O’Malley signs the dotted line, Maryland becomes the nation’s eighth state to legally recognize same-sex marriages. The law takes effect in Jan. 2013. However, anti-gay forces are mobilizing to launch a referendum campaign—putting marriage equality before voters in November.
In fact, they’ve began collecting the nearly 56,000 signatures necessary to put the question on the ballot. Several African-American churches and Catholic groups have banded together to repeal the law, according to the Washington Post .
O’Malley, who promised to make marriage equality a cornerstone of legislative session, is ready to campaign to keep the law in place.
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