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Governor Martin O’Malley Issues Statement on the Final Passage of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley issued the following statement in response to today’s House of Delegates vote on Senate Bill 212 – The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014:

“I’d like to congratulate and thank Senator Rich Madaleno, Delegate Luke Clippinger, Equality Maryland and the Human Rights Campaign on yet another victory for inclusion and openness in our State ” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “ We’re proud to stand with these leaders, the LGBT community, and other allies to complete this major piece of unfinished business — ensuring that everyone is protected from discrimination under the law. I look forward to signing this bill.”

Note to Editors: Governor O’Malley has a long track record of working to protect the rights of all Marylanders. As mayor, he signed an anti-discrimination bill protecting city employees in Baltimore. Upon taking office as governor in 2007, Martin O’Malley expanded the definition of protected classes to include “gender identity and expression” under the state’s Code of Fair Employment practices. After implementing a series of policy actions including the extension of health care benefits to LGBT partners and expanding inheritance rights to domestic partners in 2009, Governor O’Malley introduced, and signed into law, the Civil Marriage Protection Act, legalizing same-sex marriages in Maryland in 2012.