Van Hollen Statement on the Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012
Today Maryland Congressman Van Hollen issued the following statement on the Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012, which was signed into law by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley:
“The Civil Marriage Protection Act, signed into law today by Governor O'Malley, represents a historic moment in the history of Maryland and a critical leap forward in the fight to ensure that all Americans have the equal rights they deserve. With this new law, gay and lesbian Marylanders will have the opportunity to enter into marriage and take on the rights and responsibilities afforded to those who have committed their lives to one another.
“I applaud the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly for their work on this important issue. While Maryland joins eight states that have legalized same-sex marriage, there is more work to be done. I will continue to fight to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act so that married same-sex families, including those serving in the Armed Forces, are no longer denied the 1,100 federal rights and responsibilities afforded to all other married Americans. They should not be treated as second class citizens by the federal government.”