On a conference call Monday night with marriage equality advocates, Gov. Martin O’Malley said marriage equality can pass at the ballot box in November, but funds are needed to support the cause.
“We have the ability to pass this in Maryland,” said the governor.
“It is in keeping with the character of our state to protect rights
equally under the law while also protecting religious liberty. But we do
need to raise money here. We do need to raise another couple of million
dollars, and if we are able to do that, I believe that we will pass
this, and raising those dollars is critically important for our ability
to be able to defend this at the ballot,” he said.
The Democratic governor signed the law passed by the legislature
earlier this year, but the measure has not taken effect pending the
outcome of the referendum brought by opponents.
Maryland is one of four states facing ballot initiatives related to
marriage equality, with campaigns also underway in Maine, Minnesota and
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