Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) is promoting same-sex marriage legislation in a Web video series that is pushing for passage of the bill legislation next year in Maryland.

“Marriage protects families,” Rawlings-Blake (D) tells viewers. “And couples, regardless of sexual orientation, deserve the same legal protections. It’s only fair. It’s only right.”

The video was released Wednesday by the group Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the day after Rawlings-Blake was inaugurated to a full term as mayor.

The group’s ad campaign comes as both sides on the issue gear up for a rematch. A same-sex marriage bill narrowly cleared the Senate last session but fell short in the House of Delegates.

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has pledged to sponsor the bill in the upcoming session and appeared in the first of the Web ads supporting it.

Rawlings-Blake is not new to the cause. She announced the launch of Marylanders for Marriage Equality at a news conference outside Baltimore City Hall during the summer.

Last week, a group of Maryland religious leaders announced a new coalition aimed at stopping the legislation. Leaders of the group said O’Malley and other supporters are trying to redefine traditional marriage, which they said should only be allowed between a man and a woman.