More than 3,000 people have signed on
to a petition urging Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski to co-sponsor
a bill that would seek to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which
forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay
and lesbian couples.
Freedom to Marry will present Mikulski
with the petition on Friday at 3PM, the group said in an email to On
“Recent census data show nearly
17,000 same sex couple living across the state of Maryland,”
Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson said in a statement. “These
loving, committed couples and their families are harmed every day by
the denial of marriage, and by federal discrimination against the
marriages they are able to celebrate across the border in the
District of Columbia and six other states.”
“We hope that Senator Mikulski will
heed the call of her constituents and join us in ending marriage
discrimination at the federal level and in Maryland,” he added.
Rachel MacKinght, a spokeswoman for
Mikulski, told gay weekly the Washington
Blade that the senator is “very closely” looking at the
Gay marriage supporters believe a
Maryland delegation united in favor of DOMA repeal would assist in
passage of a marriage equality law expected to be introduced by
Governor Martin O'Malley in January.
Senator Benjamin Cardin, Maryland's
junior senator, co-sponsored the legislation in May.
O'Malley on gay marriage bill: I think it should pass.)