Maryland Residents Rally For Same-Sex Marriage Referendum | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Residents Rally For Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

Play associated audio
Activists with MDPetitions.com rallied in the rain in Hagerstown, Md. to call for a referendum on same-sex marriage.
Elliot Francis
Activists with MDPetitions.com rallied in the rain in Hagerstown, Md. to call for a referendum on same-sex marriage.

Supporters of a referendum on Maryland's new same-sex marriage law rallied in Hagerstown, Md. on Monday. Opponents of the newly-signed law need 56,000 signatures to put the matter on up for a vote in November.

MDPetitions.com, which has been performing an online drive for signatures, helped organize the day's rally in Hagerstown, just down the street from where Gov. Martin O'Malley made a planned appearance at a police barracks.

A recent poll conducted by Opinionworks shows 43 percent of respondence say they want to overturn the law, while 40 percent say they want to keep it in place. As many as 16 percent say they are as-yet undecided.

Organizers say the Governor acted divisively in signing the same-sex marriage law, which does not take effect until January 2013, and they hope a referendum will give residents of Maryland an opportunity to weigh in.

NPR

Centenarian Poet Was A Fearless Guide To 'The Country Of Old Age'

Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.
NPR

Margaret Hamburg Ends Six-Year Run As FDA Commissioner

Margaret Hamburg ended her run this week as one of the longest serving Food and Drug Administration commissioners in recent decades.
NPR

Sen. Robert Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

Sen. Menendez of New Jersey has been indicted on corruption charges. These are the first criminal charges brought against a sitting U.S. Senator in seven years.
NPR

U.S. Creates First Sanctions Program Against Cybercriminals

President Obama signed a new executive order that will allow the administration to freeze the assets of any individual or group involved in "malicious" cyberattacks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.