Supporters of Governor Martin
O'Malley's plans to make Maryland the seventh state to legalize gay
marriage will rally on Sunday.
Speakers scheduled to attended the
Frederick city event include state Senator Ron Young, Delegate Galen
Claggett, and state Attorney General Doug Gansler.
In 2010, Gansler issued an opinion
which concluded that Maryland's highest court would likely decide in
favor of recognizing the marriages of gay and lesbian couples
performed in other states. The opinion, which arrived a week before
a gay marriage law took effect in neighboring District of Columbia,
essentially instructed state agencies to recognize the marriages of
gay couples performed in other jurisdictions over the objection of
state law which bans such unions.
O'Malley endorsed the opinion, saying
it was “sound advice,” but gay marriage foes threatened to
A gay marriage bill fizzled in the
House of Delegates last year after clearing the Senate.
The rally will also include members of
religious faiths backing the measure, including the United Church of
Christ and the Episcopal Church.
Opponents of the bill will hold a
counter rally at Lawyer's Mall on Monday in Annapolis.