In an effort to protest the Ohio ban on same-sex marriages, thousands of people gathered in downtown Cleveland to witness the nuptials of more than 250 same-sex couples.
But, their marriages are only a symbolic of their commitment to each other, as same-sex marriages are prohibited in Ohio.
Kathy Mauricio wed her partner, Nonnie. “It’s legal to me, and no one can take that away from us,” said Mauricio.
The thousands who participated in Saturday’s festivities showed their support for marriage equality and the campaign to have Ohio’s law on same-sex marriage repealed.
Activists occupied the steps of City Hall to inform onlookers and advocate for marriage equality. Even heterosexual couples took part in the massive rally and lent their support to the cause.
Keep up the good work!
Hudson Grove & Co.
On March 1, 2012, Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley signed the equality bill, legalizing gay marriage in Maryland. Maryland is the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The state follows Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Washington state, and the District of Columbia.
“Religious freedom was the very reason for our state’s founding and at the heart of religious freedom is the freedom of individual conscience,” O’Malley said before signing the bill.
Opponents are pushing to overturn the marriage equality law. Right wing and religious groups are investing a lot of money to keep the referendum from being approved.
Supporters remain optimistic despite measures to overturn the bill, “We remain confident that voters will echo Governor O’Malley’s support for full equality,” said Mike Thompson, Acting President of GLADD.
Thanks Governor Martin O’Malley!
Hudson Grove & Co.
The nation’s very first LGBT senior center, The SAGE Center, opened in Manhattan. Go here to read all about it: http://sdgln.com/social/2012/03/03/nations-first-lgbt-senior-center-opens-new-york-city