Maryland moves closer to equality with the introduction of a Marriage bill. There will be a presser tomorrow. Equality Maryland press release:

On January 25, 2001, Equality Maryland, along with Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, House Majority Leader Kumar Barve, Senator Rich Madaleno, Senator Jamie Raskin, Delegate Ben Barnes, Delegate Keiffer Mitchell and community partners who support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples in Maryland, will hold a press conference at the state capital to announce the introduction of the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Protection Act. This bill ends the exclusion of committed same sex couples from civil marriage and protects the religious freedom of churches and synagogues.

EVENT DETAILS:

WHAT: Press conference to launch the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Protection Act and talk about why marriage matters to loving, committed gay and lesbian couples in Maryland.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

WHERE: Joint Hearing Room

Legislative Service Building

90 State Circle

Annapolis, MD21401

WHO:

• Majority Leader Rob Garagiola (District 13)

• Sen. Rich Madaleno (District 18)

• Sen. Jamie Raskin (District 20)

• Majority Leader Kumar Barve (District 17)

• Del. Benjamin Barnes (District 21)

• Del. Keiffer Mitchell, Jr. (District 44)

• Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Executive Director, Equality Maryland

• Sean Eldridge, Political Director, Freedom to Marry

• Melissa Goemann, Legislative Director, ACLU Maryland

• Maryland Representative from Catholics for Equality

• Representative from Maryland Black Family Alliance

• Representative from the Maryland NAACP

• Sister Jeannine Gramick, Maryland Coordination for National Coalition of

American Nuns

• Frank DeBernardo, Executive Director, New Ways Ministry

• Rion Dennis, President, Progressive Maryland

On another front Equality Maryland is moving forward in this legislative session to advance the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act. If passed this bill would prohibit discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, and credit.