Both Sides Gear Up for Same Sex Marriage Fight

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Courtesy Citybizlist – Gay rights activists, religious leaders and politicians are gearing up for two months of campaigning on the Maryland referendum to strike down same-sex marriage legislation that passed in March.

Hot off the political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte, volunteers will be staffing nightly phone banks, canvassing door-to-door and finding ways to make same-sex marriage a personal issue for voters.

“This is not something that’s esoteric or theological,” said Maryland Sen. Allan Kittleman, R-Howard, the only Republican senator to support same-sex marriage. “These are real people who are living in our state that are unable to receive the benefit that others have simply because of their sexual orientation.”
Marriage equality demonstrators.
Maryland became the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage when Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the Civil Marriage Protection Act in March. But the act takes effect in January.

Those who oppose same-sex marriage gathered more than 113,000 signatures for a petition to put the issue on this fall’s ballot.

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