O’Malley will sponsor Md. same-sex marriage bill

Maryland’s failed bill this year did include similar protections, but the governor and legislators said they will make it a greater priority to emphasize that aspect of the legislation next year when asking support from legislators, citizens and even religious groups.

Miss McIntosh said lobbying efforts could also take on a more passionate, personal tone, as she felt supporters were too subtle in this year’s assembly and relied too much on behind-the-scenes work rather than personal testimony.

She said she expects activists and legislators to speak more openly next year about the importance of gay marriage to their gay friends, colleagues and family members.

“We’re coming out, and we want to be out front with a large, incredible coalition,” she said. “That’s what gets this over the hump. That’s when we can put a more visible face on the importance of marriage equality.”

Mr. O'Malley’s staff members will lead the crafting of the bill, which will be formally introduced Jan. 11, when the General Assembly begins its regular session.

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