Montgomery County Council Press Releases & Statements

Councilmember Floreen Urges General Assembly to Enact Marriage Equality
 
  • Release ID: 11-028
  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Jed Millard240-777-7959
  • From: Council Office
ROCKVILLE, Md., February 8, 2011—Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen spoke at a press conference today in Annapolis urging the Maryland General Assembly to pass the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act during the 2011 legislative session. Councilmember Floreen was the lead sponsor of a resolution adopted unanimously by the County Council on Feb. 5 urging the General Assembly to enact marriage equality for all Marylanders.

“It’s not fair to couples and it’s not fair to families,” Councilmember Floreen said of the current law that denies same-sex couples in Maryland the right to marry. “Denied the freedom to marry, same-sex couples and their families are deprived of the critical safety-net that comes with marriage especially at times of great vulnerability such as birth, death, illness, disability, and unemployment.”

The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will allow same-sex couples in Maryland to apply for and receive marriage licenses and would extend to them all state-administered legal benefits, protections and obligations. It will not compel any religious institution or members of the clergy to marry same-sex couples.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee heard public testimony on the bill following the press conference.

“Maryland is known as the ‘Free State’ for a reason,” said Councilmember Floreen. “And together, we can make it free and fair for all Marylanders.”

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