January 9, 2013
First comes love. Then comes marriage. But first, there's the wedding! This month, two local organizations are hosting events to help same-sex couples navigate the exciting (and sometimes confusing) world of nuptials. First up is “To Marriage Equality and Beyond,” hosted by Equality Maryland, the state's largest LGBT civil rights group. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Chase Court in downtown Baltimore. It will feature catering by Chef's Expressions, wine from Barefoot Winery, music by Absolute Entertainment and a wedding cake created by Baltimore Cakery among other sponsors.
March 8, 2011
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has long been a proponent of same-sex marriage, and he penned an op-ed piece on the hot-button issue for The Huffington Post two years ago. With the battle to recognize same-sex marriages continuing here in Maryland, Equality Maryland released a video of Ayanbadejo encouraging Marylanders to join him "in the land of the brave for standing on the side of love. " Here is the transcription of the video, which is embedded below: "Hello.
November 16, 2012
I regret some unintended implications in my quotes in Saturday's story regarding the freedom to marry win in Maryland ("Gay marriage supporters seized victory after tough start," Nov. 10). Whatever the occasional disagreements, we owe a huge debt of thanks to the local leaders and families, campaign manager Josh Levin and his team, Gov. Martin O'Malley and key lawmakers, Equality Maryland, Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU, the NAACP, Republicans and Democrats, and the many, many volunteers and voices who joined in making the case to voters that led to victory alongside our movement's wins in other states.
February 10, 2009
Calling the governor's plan too weak, the ACLU urged lawmakers yesterday to pass a more robust proposal aimed at preventing police monitoring of peaceful groups. Dozens of activists gathered at the State House for the organization's "No Spying Day." Susan Goering, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, said Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill "not only has loopholes but condones and protects" the kinds of spying and dossier-keeping that took place in a Maryland State Police operation revealed last summer after an ACLU lawsuit.
March 15, 2011
It's been a busy week for Ravens players speaking out in support of their respective causes. Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo backed same-sex marriage for Equality Maryland last Tuesday. Wide receiver Derrick Mason said today that " marriage is between a man and a woman . " And on Sunday at the Maryland March for Life in Annapolis, center Matt Birk was a featured speaker at the pro-life event. Birk, a six-time Pro Bowler, told The Catholic Review that faith (he's Catholic)
August 3, 2012
It isn't what the owner of Chick-fil-A says that makes me never want to eat at his fast food restaurants ("Crowds flock to Chick-fil-A to back owner on marriage," Aug. 2). As far as I'm concerned, he can spout off hate speech at gays, Jews, African-Americans, or anyone else he wants. That's his business to be as rude or as ignorant as he wants, and the appropriate response is just to not listen to his nonsense. This is still America, after all. What I do not condone, however, is that Dan Cathy will take my money that I would spend on his "food" and donate some of it to hate groups who are intent on denying gay people their equal rights as Americans.