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Posted at 8:58 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Brown steps out on same-sex marriage in Maryland

By John Wagner

Brownsmiling.jpgMaryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G Brown (D) speaks out forcefully for same-sex marriage in an interview posted Thursday on the Web site of the Washington Blade.

"I have always believed that all Marylanders should have an equality of rights and responsibilities, and that includes marriage equality," Brown told the publication, which focuses on issues affecting gay and lesbian people. "So regardless of gender, we should be able to choose who it is that we are going to marry and hopefully spend the rest of our lives with. And so I'm supportive of that."

Brown's comments put him out front of his boss, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who has said he would sign a same-sex marriage bill but prefers civil unions. O'Malley made no mention of the issue during his State of the State address on Thursday.

Same-sex marriage is shaping up as the highest profile social issue of the 90-day legislative session. Advocates say they have a good chance of passing a bill, thanks largely to shifts in the General Assembly after last fall's elections.

Brown is among a handful of Democrats gearing up to run for governor in 2014 to succeed O'Malley, who is term-limited.

By John Wagner  | February 4, 2011; 8:58 AM ET
Categories:  John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage  
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Comments

Cool. Kudos to Mr Brown.
Cheers, Joe Mustich, Officiant

Posted by: cornetmustich | February 4, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Lt. Gov.!!!

Posted by: silverspring25 | February 4, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Lt. Gov.!!!

Posted by: silverspring25 | February 4, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The Blade interview and says that Brown was not even familiar with the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination act now before the House of Delegates that omits public accommodations; denying equal protection to Marylanders( and to folks who might just be passing through). I am reminded of the time in 1961 when Ambassador Adam Malick Sow of the Republic of Chad was denied service at a restaurant in Maryland while on his way to visit President Kennedy.

There really aren't that many civil rights issues that come before our legislature in Maryland. One would think that a nominally progressive black Lt. Governor in a blue state during Black history month might familiarize himself with BOTH of the equality bills before his citizens. Nope.

Send in the clowns.

Posted by: DanaLaRocca | February 4, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

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