Monday, December 10, 2012
In Prince George's County, 49 percent of the African-American community voted in favor of same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage opponents counted African-American voters among their allies leading up to November's election, expecting them to help overturn legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in Maryland. Polls in the months prior to November's referendum on same-sex marriage seemed to back them up, with African-Americans showing less support than whites. But as the months wore on, opposition softened, especially in the face of endorsements from President Obama and prominent entertainers, as well as a media campaign that included clergy, athletes and other public figures. By Election Day, voters in the state's large, predominantly black jurisdictions -- Baltimore and Prince George's County -- joined to support same-sex marriage by a 4-…
Friday, October 19, 2012
CASA of Maryland’s advocacy for next month's referendum on same-sex marriage has sparked the ire of religious leaders
Polls say one thing, but religious leaders say another on the question of whether Hispanic-Americans in Maryland will support same-sex marriage in next month's landmark referendum. National and statewide polling of Latinos has shown a steady turn in favor of same-sex marriage. The Pew Research Center published a poll last week that shows “rapidly growing support” for gay marriage among Hispanics nationwide, with 52 percent for and 34 percent against. It is the first time that a Pew poll showed a majority of Latinos in favor of same-sex marriage. That support divides along religious lines. An April poll commissioned by the National Council of La Raza found that 79 percent of atheist or agnostic Latinos support same-sex marriage, 67 …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
"Chefs for Equality" event will raise funds to support the campaign to win Maryland's referendum next month on same-sex marriage.
Gov. Martin O'Malley and "Project Runway" host Tim Gunn will be among the guests of honor later this month for an event to support same-sex marriage in a referendum vote in Maryland, reports The Huffington Post. Human Rights Campaign and food columnist David Hagedorn are co-hosting the $300-a-ticket "Chefs for Equality" fundraiser Oct. 24 at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. The event also features a special auction in which each table of eight will feast on a unique five-course menu prepared by a who's-who of DC chefs. Read more about it on The Huffington Post.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Bob Ross says supporting same-sex marriage is the 'fair thing to do.'
The head of the Prince George's County branch of the NAACP says he supports efforts to uphold same-sex marriage in Maryland. In a video posted Tuesday by Marylanders for Marriage Equality, an advocacy group backing same-sex marriage as it heads to a referendum in November, Prince George's NAACP leader Bob Ross said he would vote for Question 6. “Question 6 gives gays and lesbians the right to obtain a marriage license,” Ross said in the video posted to YouTube. “It is a fair thing to do for all citizens in the state of Maryland to have the right to obtain a marriage license.” Ross is following the lead of the NAACP, whose national board of directors announced the organization would support same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue earlier …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The company has received major backlash after its president made anti-gay marriage remarks in several interviews.
Everyone’s favorite childhood puppets are taking a stand for gay marriage. The Jim Henson Company—creator of the Muppets—announced recently that it would no longer do business with Chick-Fil-A following recent anti-gay marriage comments made by the popular chicken company’s president, Dan Cathy. “The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,” the organization, whose namesake grew up in University Park and attended University of Maryland, wrote on its Facebook page. “Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Maryland representatives gear up to discuss gay marriage for the 2012 legislation session.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
By Jessica Talson, Capital News Service The contentious legislative battle over same-sex marriage ended only a few months ago, but opponents and advocates have already started preparing to fight for their cause in the 2012 legislative session. Gov. Martin O'Malley has stepped out from the behind-the-scenes role he played during the 2011 legislative session and has promised to sponsor a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. O'Malley has already spent time with advocacy groups and spoke at a fundraiser for Equality Maryland. "The governor and the advocacy groups have formed a much stronger partnership this year," said Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for O'Malley. "We're organizing a much stronger effort this year and we're getting ahead of it …
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Legislators and supporters confident governor's involvement will secure passage in 2012.
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced plans on Friday to introduce legislation supporting gay marriage in 2012.