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Testimony on HB 438 – Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012

Posted by Matt on February 10, 2012  |   Comments Off on Testimony on HB 438 – Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012

HOUSE BILL 438

Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012 – Support

Testimony by Del. Maggie McIntosh

JUDICIARY and HEALTH & GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS COMMITTEES

February 10, 2012

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Maggie’s Legislative Update: February 3, 2012

Posted by Matt on February 3, 2012  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: February 3, 2012

Friends:

I hope this message finds you well. It was another busy week in Annapolis as I introduced several bills (more on that below), spoke to marriage equality advocates about the many legal strides made by the LGBT community over the past 10 years, held our first set of bill hearings in the Environmental Matters Committee, and heard the Governor deliver his State of the State speech.

Below you will find information of two of the bills I introduced this week, the Governor’s State of the State speech, and some of the bills being supported by Mayor Rawlings-Blake. As always, connect with me on Facebook for the latest updates from Annapolis and around the 43rd District. Continue Reading…

Maggie Speaks on Legislative Progress for the LGBT Community

Posted by Matt on February 2, 2012  |   Comments Off on Maggie Speaks on Legislative Progress for the LGBT Community

Text from remarks delivered by Del. Maggie McIntosh to members and supporters of Equality MD and marriage equality advocates on February 1, 2012 in Annapolis, MD:

Until 2001 it was legal to fire or not hire, to deny housing or other services to persons who were open – or even perceived to be – gay or lesbian.

That changed with the election of Governor Paris Glendening. He created a commission to document the discrimination that existed in Maryland towards our community. In 2001 we passed the Antidiscrimination Act of 2001 giving us protection against discrimination in housing, employment or other public accommodations.

Seven years ago Equality MD and advocates took a new approach. Never believing at that time that we had the votes for Marriage Equality, we developed a strategy of introducing legislation that was heard in numerous committees. It was our way of educating our colleagues – again – to inequities facing same sex couples in our state.

We were successful!

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Maggie’s Legislative Update: January 27, 2012

Posted by Matt on January 27, 2012  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: January 27, 2012

Dear Friends,

The legislative session has just started and already we’re in full swing. I wanted to take this time to update you on some of the legislation I am working on and to provide some information on the issues you have written and emailed about. For daily updates and information from Annapolis, please connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.

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Register for the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup

Posted by Matt on January 25, 2012  |   Comments Off on Register for the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup

From our friends at Baltimore Department of Public Works:

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Spring Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx announced that registration for the Mayor’s annual spring cleanup opens this week.  Join your neighbors and choose a location that needs a special cleaning. Community representatives should call 311 to register.

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