We did it
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November 7, 2012
We did it!
This is a monumental victory. On Election Day, Marylanders across the state stood up and affirmed our longstanding tradition of supporting fairness and equality. As the crowd cheered at the Election Night Watch Party at the Baltimore Soundstage, ripples were felt across the country as we stand up proudly as the first state in the nation to approve civil marriage for all loving, committed families.
Legislatures and courts have legalized marriage equality in six states and the District of Columbia. Maryland is the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through a vote of the people.
Our win would not have been possible without the unparalleled leadership of Governor O’Malley, the steely resolve of the LGBT Caucus in the legislature, and the exemplary commitment and dedication shown by the Human Rights Campaign, which has been here day in and day out for more than a year working for full equality.
Most importantly, we want to thank Marylanders just like you – everyday people who took a chance, stood up for their values and stood in long lines to cast a ballot that would make a mark on history.
We did it. We won for families, for fairness, for equality.
We just changed history. Thank you.
On behalf of the entire Marylanders for Marriage Equality Coalition and Staff