Saturday, February 11, 2012
My Week in Annapolis
It's been an exciting week. Our program on Same-Sex Marriage (covered here in the Baltimore Jewish Times) was well attended and well received. Many thanks to House Delegates Barbara Robinson and Luke Clippinger who attended and lent their support along with Israel "Izzy" Patoka from Governor O'Malley's office.
Then, Friday afternoon, I was privileged to testify before a joint House committee in support of House Bill 438, the Civil Marriage Protection Act. I am pleased to report that there were nearly one hundred others who testified in favor of the bill, many of whom were leaders in the faith community! Kudos to the Governor who testified early and then returned to the hearing room around 11:15 p.m. (long after I was back in B'more observing Shabbat) to watch the final half-hour of testimony and reinforce his deep commitment to the bill.
This video was released by Marylanders for Marriage Equality who have been stalwart advocates along with their counterparts Equality Maryland. You can also watch excerpts from last week's clergy press conference here.