Friday, April 27, 2012

HRC honors Maryland, Washington governors in Marriage Equality reception

Today, late in the afternoon, the Human Rights Campaign held a reception, a Celebration with Marriage Equality Champions. 

Gov. Chris Gregoire of Washington spoke first, representing the success of Washington United for Marriage (link), which got the marriage law passed in February.
Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke for Equality Maryland (or “Marylanders for Marriage Equality”), link, for a marriage law passed and signed in a public ceremony March 1 (which I reported).   

Joe Solomese introduced the new HRC president Chad Griffin.

At the end of the event, there was a pitch to help both state organizations, as above, because both face referendums in November. The point was made that many lives can be affected by these referendums, especially for future generations. 

Gov. Gregoire stressed that after the referendum her state will have demonstrated that the people really want marriage equality and that the political process will prove it.

She also said she was a Catholic and has thought through the issue of separation of church and state. She says the Church can teach what it likes within its own membership. 

HRC had computer stations set up to process the donations, and used a mixture of an IBM terminal, Dell computer, and Apple Safari browser!

HRC also served extensive hors d'oeuvres, including Maryland crabcakes.

Here is an excerpt from Gov. Gregoire's remarks:

And from Gov. O'Malley:

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