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April 27, 2012
This weekend I visited all the usual hot spots in Ellicott City: the YMCA, the library, a grocery store, a gas station and a pharmacy. In each and every parking lot my car was the only vehicle with a Human Rights Campaign equality sticker. I can't possibly be the only person in Ellicott City who thinks it's wrong to deny one specific group of people their basic civil rights. I can't possibly be the only person in Ellicott City who thinks it's wrong to discriminate against others because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Looks like Baltimore's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community could have a big, flashy, deep-pocketed new ally in town in Horseshoe Casino on Russell Street, which opened Tuesday. These days it's not uncommon for major corporations to tout their support for the LGBT community, but not all are as effusive in that support as Horseshoe's parent company, Caesars Entertainment. If you scroll to the bottom of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore's website, there is a list of 13 links for business and corporate information about the casino's slots and table games, hotels and local "things to do," and investor relations.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2012
Amid cheers and camera flashes from a crush of onlookers, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law Thursday his bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland - legislation that raises his national profile and, advocates say, gives momentum to those pushing similar measures in three states. "The way forward is always found through greater respect for the equal rights of all," said O'Malley, giving brief remarks before signing the legislation. "If there is a thread that unites all of our work here together, it is the thread of human dignity.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 29, 2014
In Citizens United vs. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court held in January 2012 that the federal government is prohibited from restricting independent political expenditures by businesses, associations and labor unions. The opinion allows such groups to spend unlimited sums of money on advocacy ads, but not direct contributions to candidate committees. It also set the American left off its rocker. What follows is a chronology of events that has set the American right off its rocker, too. The immediate aftermath of Citizens United saw a worried president engage in a series of hard hitting speeches concerning the corrupting influence of money in politics and warning about a proliferation of newly formed, conservative groups seeking to take advantage of their expanded free speech rights.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
Organizers of a proposed Washington, D.C., museum focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender heritage have formed a benefit limited liability corporation in Maryland that will work to find a museum site. The Velvet Foundation, a nonprofit group that has been planning the museum and seeking a permanent home in D.C. since 2008, will be the beneficiary of the newly formed Oliver-Grayson Holding Co. Benefit LLC., organizers announced. A Maryland law took effect in October 2010 allowing businesses to organize as "benefit corporations," hybrids of for-profit and nonprofit models that aim for public benefits as well as profits.
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By Kevin Rector and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Friday that same-sex marriages performed in Utah -- but thrown into question there amid a court battle -- will be recognized in Maryland. "It is an affront to the idea of basic human rights that the battle for full marriage equality in this country remains in headlines and courtrooms,” Gansler said. In an interview, Gansler predicted that controversy in Utah could put the constitutionality of gay marriage to rest. "This might be the issue, then, that answers the question for everybody," he said.  Utah temporarily became the 18th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriages on Dec. 20 after U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled the state's ban on such marriages was unconstitutional.
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By Ann E. Marimow and Keith L. Alexander and The Washington Post | March 10, 2010
There were yellow roses, champagne toasts and tiered cakes. There were tuxedos, lace dresses and Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. This Washington watershed moment was bursting with pride and happiness. Yet it was also tinged with memories of political struggles and legal battles. On Tuesday, Washington issued marriage licenses for the first time to same-sex couples, some of whom married in ceremonies across the city - from a D.C. Superior Court chamber to a Unitarian church in Northwest.
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by Annie Linskey | October 28, 2012
The campaigns to support and oppose same-sex marriage in Maryland have this in common: Both have nearly emptied their coffers. The Maryland Marriage Alliance, which opposes same-sex marriage, had $95,000 left in its bank account for the final stretch of the campaign, and $48,000 in outstanding bills. Marylanders for Marriage Equality, which supports the marriage ballot question, reported only $22,000 in the bank -- with $70,000 of unpaid bills, according to reports filed Friday night with the Maryland State Board of Elections.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
A broad coalition of donors — including casino giant MGM, Delta Airlines, a Washington nightclub and thousands of individuals across the country — together gave nearly $6 million to the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, providing a financial advantage that supporters say was critical to the effort's success. Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the main group working for approval of Question 6 on this month's ballot, raised $5.9 million — more than twice as much as opponents of the measure, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
LGBT advocacy groups may have another day to wait before receiving news of the Supreme Court's position on same-sex marriage, but that doesn't mean they're staying silent. Unhappy with the court's decision on the Voting Rights Act, a coalition of leading LGBT rights groups joined multiple civil rights organizations Tuesday to express their displeasure. In a majority decision penned by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court invalidated a section of the law that forced certain states and counties -- mostly Southern -- to get federal approval for changes to voting laws.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The results of primary elections in Maryland on Tuesday bode well for LGBT rights -- at least according to Equality Maryland, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization. Of 93 candidates endorsed by the group in statewide races and the General Assembly this election cycle, 83 -- or about 89 percent -- won their races. That includes Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown winning the Democratic nod for governor and not Del. Heather Mizeur, the lesbian Montgomery County legislator who was also running for the state's top job but did not receive Equality Maryland's endorsement -- to the chagrin of some.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Back in November, we reported that Baltimore was among just 25 cities across the country to receive top marks for LGBT equality in municipal policies, according to an analysis by the Human Rights Campaign. The organization's Municipality Equality Index rated 291 cities nationwide on issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, from whether same-sex marriage was allowed to whether employment protections were in place. Tonight, HRC officials will be honoring Baltimore's achievement -- scoring a 100, the most possible -- at a 6 p.m. event at Birroteca , located at 1520 Clipper Road.
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By Kevin Rector and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Friday that same-sex marriages performed in Utah -- but thrown into question there amid a court battle -- will be recognized in Maryland. "It is an affront to the idea of basic human rights that the battle for full marriage equality in this country remains in headlines and courtrooms,” Gansler said. In an interview, Gansler predicted that controversy in Utah could put the constitutionality of gay marriage to rest. "This might be the issue, then, that answers the question for everybody," he said.  Utah temporarily became the 18th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriages on Dec. 20 after U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled the state's ban on such marriages was unconstitutional.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay leaders is losing the organization more money -- this time from Maryland. This week, Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin, one of the largest private employers in the state, announced it will no longer provide philanthropic support to the Boy Scouts because of the nonprofit organization's "policies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and religious affiliation. " Lockheed Martin announced its decision in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
Baltimore was among just 25 cities in the country to receive top marks for LGBT equality in a new study of municipalities released by the Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday. The study, known as the Municipality Equality Index, rated 291 cities across the country on a range of issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, including whether they had same-sex marriage laws, offer employment protections and track hate crimes. The study found that "cities across the country, including in Maryland, continued to prove that municipalities will act to support equality for LGBT people, even where states and the federal government have failed to do so," according to the HRC, the country's largest LGBT rights organization.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
Update: Quist owner Sarah Prager received a phone call from an Apple representative Tuesday telling her that the use of "bisexual" is no longer flagged in the company's App Store. "I'm very pleased Apple responded positively," Prager said in a statement. "It is important that we all stand up for every letter in LGBTQ and not treat the bisexual community as a spam word. " Quist first announced the news in a tweet from its official account Tuesday morning. The owner of a Maryland-based mobile app that gives users a daily dose of LGBT-related history got a message from Apple on Monday morning that she didn't like -- and now she's petitioning the company to change its ways.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay leaders is losing the organization more money -- this time from Maryland. This week, Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin, one of the largest private employers in the state, announced it will no longer provide philanthropic support to the Boy Scouts because of the nonprofit organization's "policies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and religious affiliation. " Lockheed Martin announced its decision in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
Baltimore was among just 25 cities in the country to receive top marks for LGBT equality in a new study of municipalities released by the Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday. The study, known as the Municipality Equality Index, rated 291 cities across the country on a range of issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, including whether they had same-sex marriage laws, offer employment protections and track hate crimes. The study found that "cities across the country, including in Maryland, continued to prove that municipalities will act to support equality for LGBT people, even where states and the federal government have failed to do so," according to the HRC, the country's largest LGBT rights organization.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
LGBT advocacy groups may have another day to wait before receiving news of the Supreme Court's position on same-sex marriage, but that doesn't mean they're staying silent. Unhappy with the court's decision on the Voting Rights Act, a coalition of leading LGBT rights groups joined multiple civil rights organizations Tuesday to express their displeasure. In a majority decision penned by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court invalidated a section of the law that forced certain states and counties -- mostly Southern -- to get federal approval for changes to voting laws.
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By Rachel Cohen | March 29, 2013
This week, as the Supreme Court took up two historic cases pertaining to same-sex marriage, it's been an exciting time to be a college student. Huge numbers of young people on Facebook and Twitter continue to post pictures and status updates in support of marriage equality. Kids proudly walk around campus sporting red clothing in support of the Human Rights Campaign, a national organization that seeks to promote equal rights for gays, lesbians, transgender people and bisexuals. The enthusiasm, from the quad to the blogosphere, is infectious and inspiring.
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