Catholics are playing a pivotal role in the marriage equality debate that is heating up in Maryland. While the Maryland Catholic Conference opposes the Religious Freedom and Marriage Protection Act, Catholic lawmakers and Catholic citizens are making the difference to work for the passage of this bill.
State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola (D), a Catholic, is the primary sponsor of the bill in the Senate. Numerous other Catholic state legislators have already co-sponsored the bill, including Delegate Heather Mizeur (D), a lesbian Catholic. Maryland’s Catholic governor, Martin O’Malley, has stated that he will sign the bill into law if both houses of the legislature pass it. Twenty Senators have already pledged to vote for the bill; 24 votes are needed for passage in the Senate.
A vote will likely happen before the end of February.