Good luck, Maryland! Now why isn’t there any semblance of marriage equality legislation in our own country? Wake up, Cameron and you too, Summerskill! Your silence is more than deafening.
Unfortunately, Maryland has a people’s veto option, similar to Maine. As such, even if the law is passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, expect a campaign for a referendum to have the law overturned. A slim majority in favour in one opinion poll does not fill me with confidence should this actually come to a vote, especially as this isn’t an election year in Maryland so only real die hards will actually turn out.
Go Maryland! I sincerely do hope this bill passes and is not overturned in a referendum. I agree with Equality Maryland that civil unions are a lousy excuse for marriage equality.
Robert – Stionewall DOES support gay marriage and marriage equality legislation. See: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/10/27/stonewall-says-it-will-campaign-for-gay-marriage/
There are always going to be gay people opposing Stonewall, but where were you from 1958 onwards when the first gay rights bodies got started? And what is the nature of your activism now – posting anti-Stonewall diatribes here?
Piss off Dan, Stonewall is totally PATHETIC by being behind the times as much as the Conservative Tory party!!!!!
Dan Filson, FYI…I was very much a gay activist during the late 60s and early 70s while I was at Uni and beyond, and still am and that’s not going to change. I do a hell of a lot of letter writing to politicians on both sides and in some cases, receive responses, so don’t make any assumptions about me. Another thing, if people can’t criticise, justifiably so, a so called gay organisation then things remain the same, nothing changes. Stonewall and the Tory party, if both are so committed to FULL equality, which I doubt, should put marriage equality high on the agenda. Their silence is deafening. Talk is cheap and action speaks louder than words.
Stonewall only recently conceded, under pressure, that it would campaign for civil marriage equality. So why hasn’t there been any more about it on its website? If Summerskill can’t multi-task, then he should be replaced with someone who can. If it hadn’t been from activists and a handful of politicians putting pressure on him, he’d still be espousing civil partnerships as the be all and end all of equality for gay people which of course they most certainly are not and never will be, anywhere in the world.
There was an excellent one-day conference on equal marriage here in Scotland yesterday, hosted by the Equality & Human Rights Commission with LGBT Youth Scotland and the Equality Network.
Lots of good discussion about the best way to get this in Scotland, including with a panel of MSPs and other politocos, from the five parties in the Parliament here.
There will be a printed report launched in March.
… and I should add that Stonewall Scotland also participated in the conference – the reason they were not involved directly in the organisation of the event was that the original planning predated Stonewall’s decision to work for equal marriage.
Maryland is going insane…. Why,why,why….. My God, please save Mayland from insanity!