Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) met with Marylanders for Marriage Equality, members of the LGBT legislative caucus, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and others to announce his support for marriage equality legislation in the state in 2012.
“Marylanders of all walks of life want their children to live in a loving, stable, committed home, protected under the law,” he said. “[T]he legislation we plan to introduce in the 2012 legislative session will protected religious freedom and equality of martial rights under the law.”
What’s changed since the bill stalled in this year’s legislative session, O’Malley added, was the urgency of this type of legislation, saying that in 2012 it will be a priority and that he would make it an “administration priority.”
Brown echoed that sentiment, adding that he’s enthusiastic about working with O’Malley and lawmakers to ensure equality for all Marylanders.
So there will be an equal amount of time, energy, money and political capital spent on a public accommodations-inclusive trans bill as there is on this brand gnu marriage bill?
“Every member of our community should enjoy the same freedoms and share the same responsibilities,” Brown said.
Which should mean that trans people deserve to be equal to gays and lesbians….
Which, of course, is not now the case in Maryland….