Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you get to spend it with someone you love. The Maryland legislature is currently debating the Marriage Equality Bill, which would legalize gay marriage in Maryland. This just seems like a no-brainer to me, and should have been passed a long time ago. The vote will come sometime later this week.
While this may not have to do much with Valentine's Day, it is worth noting that currently before the Baltimore County council is Bill 3-12, an act that, if passed, would prohibit “discrimination against a person in certain matters on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression; defining terms; and generally relating to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.” This is a contentious issue to some, but I believe will eventually be accepted in the same manner as gay marriage is being accepted by more and more people today. Rob Hatch and I assisted Equality Maryland (who is a major proponent of the bill and a statewide version that will be proposed soon) produce a public service announcement last September, and it went online in November. Check out their website to see how you can help the cause of happiness and equality for all, and watch the video below.