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Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Marriage equality’s uphill climb

The Post is reporting that the group Marylanders for Marriage Equality will soon launch a new Web campaign aimed at winning over support for same-sex marriage legislation during the state’s next legislative session in early 2012. Mimicking a similar, and seemingly successful, ad campaign in New York, the new Web ads will feature high-profile folks offering their support for marriage equality.

As reported in The Post:

Organizers insist the web campaign is only loosely patterned on that of New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) pushed a same-sex marriage bill through the legislature in June. About 50 of the 30-second videos were produced in the run-up to the votes there.

But certainly they are hoping for a similar outcome.

Legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland has been passed by the Maryland House of Delegates in the past — only to die in the more conservative state Senate. In 2011, however, the Senate provided a shock to the system by passing the bill by a margin of 25-21. When faced with the reality of casting a vote that would legalize same-sex marriage, several former supporters in the House of Delegates succumbed to pressure (largely from religious groups) and an odd coalition of Republicans, conservative Democrats and African-American delegates effectively killed the bill.

After receiving criticism for standing on the sidelines during much of the debate, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley recently announced his support for marriage equality and his intention to sponsor a bill in the 2012 legislative session.

[Continue reading Todd Eberly’s post at The FreeStater Blog.]

Todd Eberly blogs at The FreeStaterBlog. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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