Election 2012: Maryland voters approve Question 6 granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry

Maryland voters have approved Question 6 granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is a member of the Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition, and worked to secure marriage equality in Maryland.

Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey said:

Maryland is living up to its nickname — the Free State — by allowing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. This is a tremendous victory for Maryland, and we are thrilled for all the couples and their families who will finally be able to share in the celebration and responsibilities of marriage.

This has been a long journey of changing hearts and minds, of breaking down walls, of shining a spotlight on our common humanity. The many years of door-knocking, phone calls and poignant conversations about why marriage matters have made a difference. The transformative nature of people talking about their love and their lives is clear, as we see with this victory in Maryland, and in the fact that the majority of Americans now supports the freedom to marry.

Congratulations to Marylanders for Marriage Equality, Equality Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley, the NAACP and to all those who have been part of the journey leading to this historic moment. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force isproud to have been a partner in this effort. We rejoice in this victory and continue to press forward to the day when loving couples and families in every state can share in the celebration of marriage.

The Task Force’s work on marriage equality in Maryland

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is a member of the Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition, and has worked with local equality advocates over the years to secure protections for LGBT people and their families. This includes:

  • Providing Equality Maryland with financial, technical and staff support throughout the 2011 legislative session.
  • The Task Force, through its Faith Partner Organizing Project, worked with faith communities in Maryland on public education efforts leading to the passage of the marriage bill.
  • Earlier this year, Gov. Martin O’Malley gave a speech at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, the largest convening of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates in the country, where he talked about the push for marriage equality. It marked the first time a sitting governor has addressed the conference.
  • The Task Force launched an initiative that worked to educate some 400,000 registered Maryland voters about the importance of voting for the freedom to marry and not allowing other measures to interfere with passing Question 6.