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Call to Action: Support Same Sex Marriage Bill

January 7, 2008: Please join the Public Justice Center in calling your legislators to co-sponsor or support the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, the bill being introduced in the Maryland General Assembly to allow civil marriage of same-sex couples. Below is a sample letter, links for the bill, and further information from Equality Maryland. Thank you!

John Nethercut
Executive Director
Public Justice Center
1 N. Charles Street, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-400-6952
nethercutj@publicjustice.org
www.publicjustice.org

Support The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act

Dear Dan Furmansky,

This is it! Your legislators return to Annapolis next week to begin their 90-day regular session. We have a critical window of a few days to garner cosponsors for The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act. Cosponsors are an early indication of how much support and momentum a bill has going into the legislative session. The more cosponsors the more pressure on undecided legislators. It is up to each and every one of us to make sure our legislators know how important this legislation is to the security and well being of LGBT families in Maryland. This is a critical time to contact your legislators to express your support for ending discrimination and extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. Send the note below and then ask your friends, co-workers, neighbors and family to do the same. We want to ensure that legislators are welcomed to the 2008 legislative session with an inbox full of emails from marriage equality supporters!

Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):

Governor Martin O'Malley (if you live in Maryland)
Your Delegate (if you live in Maryland)
Your State Senator (if you live in Maryland)

Below is the sample letter:

Subject: Why Civil Marriage is Important to Me

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I am a constituent who recognizes the dignity and worth of all Maryland families and I support expanding marriage to include same-sex couples. I urge you to co-sponsor and support The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Britt and Dels. Barnes and Ramirez.

This bill also explicitly affirms that no religion or clergy would be compelled to perform or recognize these marriages. Visit http://www.equalitymaryland.org/pdfs/rfcmpa.pdf to read the language of the bill. At issue here is civil marriage - a marriage license given out by the County Clerk, which brings hundreds of state-conferred protections with it.

Marriage provides hundreds of state-level protections and responsibilities and is essential to strengthening families and helping children. The only way to end discrimination in marriage is to do just that - end discrimination in marriage and support this important piece of legislation.

Sincerely,

Dan Furmansky



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