Statement from Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on passage of HB 438 - The Civil Marriage Protection Act
Baltimore, MD (February 23, 2012) - "I want to express my gratitude and congratulations to members of the Maryland Senate who tonight have joined with the House of Delegates in tearing down the barriers to full citizenship for same-sex couples who have been denied the freedom to marry and the protections and responsibilities that so many people take for granted.
You have ushered in a new era of civil rights for the great State of Maryland and extended to thousands of Marylanders and their children the true meaning of those words we all hold dear - 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'
The debate from all sides has been thoughtful, serious and heartfelt. I am sure that if this measure is brought before the people, our State will join the growing number of states who have extended the rights and advanced the opportunities afforded under our Constitution to those Marylanders who seek marriage in a same-sex union."