ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 23, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley today released the following statement after the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012:
“I’d like to thank Senate President Miller for his leadership and our legislators in the Senate for their hard work and their vote today for human dignity.
“All children deserve the opportunity to live in a loving, caring, committed, and stable home, protected equally under the law. The common thread running through our efforts together in Maryland is the thread of human dignity; the dignity of work, the dignity of faith, the dignity of family, the dignity of every individual.
“Thanks to our elected leaders, clergy and faith-based leaders, community leaders, civic organizations, civil rights groups, and citizens from across our State, Maryland will now be able to protect individual civil marriage rights and religious freedom equally.”