The Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition announced that civil rights legend Julian Bond, former president of the NAACP, is featured in the group’s fourth web ad supporting marriage equality in Maryland. In the video, Dr. Bond says, “As Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP I know a little something about fighting for what’s right and just. Gay and lesbian couples in Maryland have the same values as everyone else: love, commitment and stable families.”
The video campaign raises the profile of and underscores the diverse support for civil marriage equality in advance of the 2012 legislative session. Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) kicked off the effort earlier this month, followed by Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Baltimore native and Oscar Winner Mo’Nique.
The bill to be considered in the Legislature allows same-sex couples to get a government-issued marriage license. Clergy and religious authorities would never have to perform a marriage they did not agree with.
The videos can be viewed at MarylandersForMarriageEquality.org.