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Posted at 6:45 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Md.'s first lady urges marriage approval

By John Wagner

With a crucial vote looming on same-sex marriage, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) isn’t the only member of his household encouraging lawmakers to pass the bill.

First Lady Catherine Curran O’Malley said in an interview Thursday night that she has reached out to a couple of legislators and has spoken out on the issue in other settings as well.

Katie O’Malley, a District court judge in Baltimore, said her advocacy on the issue has been “just as a citizen.”

“I would be so proud of our state if we passed this bill,” she said, adding that she has not hesitated to share her views when asked.

Katie O’Malley said she has reached out to two lawmakers she knows personally: Sen. John Astle (D-Anne Arundel) and Del. John A. Olszewski Jr. (D-Baltimore County).

The first lady said she also made her position known at a recent dinner at the governor’s mansion for women in the legislature and judiciary.

Astle voted gainst the bill two weeks ago in the Senate, but Katie O’Malley noted that he supported a motion to cut off debate that allowed the legislation to come to a final vote.

The first lady said she has also talked to Olszewski, who is considered a key swing vote in the House, which is expected to vote on the bill Friday. “I’m not sure what his final decision is going to be,” she said.

Asked this week about his wife’s advocacy, the governor said “she’s her own person.”

“Like many judges, I think she believes equal justice under the law is an important principle,” Gov. O’Malley said.

By John Wagner  | March 10, 2011; 6:45 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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