Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) told Rachel Maddow last night that while he does expect marriage equality to be challenged at the ballot, he believes voters will side with “human dignity”:
O’MALLEY: There has been a conversation that has been taking place among our elected representatives over the last year, and the fruit of that conversation was that together, we concluded, that in fact we could pass a law that protects religious freedom and the rights of individuals equally, and to do that at the same time. In the end, we concluded that human dignity —the dignity of every person, the dignity of every child’s home — was the principle where we could come together. And I think that’s what people are going to do now as they talk around their own kitchen tables, in their family living rooms, and at work. So if there’s a referendum, I believe that the people of our state will once again side on the side of human dignity.
O’Malley also said that regardless of the outcome, Maryland will continue “the march of human understanding” toward marriage equality. Watch it:
A new poll released yesterday found that 52 percent of Maryland voters would “definitely” or “probably” vote to uphold the marriage equality law.