When Maryland’s Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill Thursday, supporters streamed out of the Annapolis chamber and celebrated in the streets while others took to Twitter to announce their pride. Some looked ahead toward a possible referendum, and opponents voiced disappointment. The hashtag they used was #MDSSM (for Maryland same-sex marriage).
Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley says he will sign the bill into law. However, voters who oppose the legislation could revoke it if it comes up for a referendum, as is likely.
Here’s a roundup of some of the tweets from supporters and opponents:
By expanding the freedom to celebrate love, MD's legislature just expanded my love for the Free State. So proud to be a Marylander. #MDSSM— Steve Ruckman (@MoreRuckus) February 24, 2012
Way to go Maryland, way to push human rights forward. Now approve Gay Divorce and its all good.— Dan Blake (@designbyblake) February 24, 2012
I'm very proud to be a Marylander today, when the state legislature righted a wrong and approved gay marriage. news.yahoo.com/maryland-gay-m…— Christopher P. Ryan (@CrispyRyan) February 24, 2012
Gay Marriage is alive in Maryland!? Glad I'm prayed up. The rapture is coming. @BishopWSThomas I need a good word this week from you.— Merck Vincent (@Dr_Merck) February 24, 2012
For every Marylander savoring the sweet taste of equality, pledge your best efforts to help us defend this win if goes to referendum #mdssm— Heather R. Mizeur (@heathermizeur) February 23, 2012
#mdssm Time to start collecting signatures. Lets veto this in Nov.— Stephen Santoro (@ssantoro08) February 24, 2012
I remember when a state legalizing same sex marriage warranted a breaking news text. Now it's just another day of the week #MDssm— Adam Beck (@theAdamBeck) February 24, 2012
if it goes to referendum, it will be awesome to see maryland be the first state to support marriage equality by popular vote. #mdssm— Anthony Garrett (@anthonycgarrett) February 24, 2012
The bells of circle church are ringing and the statehouse is brighter then ever. It's a beautiful night for history to be made. #mdssm— Dylan Goldberg (@DylanGoldberg) February 24, 2012
It's funny because I'm sure 95% of our town is cursing everyone who voted in favor of #mdssm and I'm just sitting here cheering and crying.— Kaylyn Fox (@f0xins0x) February 24, 2012
#mdssm I get to tell my grandchildren that I was a part of all this. Didn't spectate.— Lisa Orenstein (@lisaoren) February 23, 2012
I now live (DC) and work (MD) in places that legally recognize and validate same sex marriage. #MDSSM as a CA native this feels so good— Anya Galli (@anyagalli) February 23, 2012
stepped away to have dinner with my wife and daughter. it reminded me why i support the full recognition of so many other families. #mdssm— Anthony Garrett (@anthonycgarrett) February 23, 2012