Maryland House Speaker: Marriage Equality Is ‘An Issue Of Civil Rights’

Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch (D) doubled down on his support for marriage equality this morning, just as Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) prepares to testify about his same-sex marriage bill before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Speaking before a group of clergy, Busch called same-sex marriage “clearly an issue of civil rights” and said that gays and lesbians “should have the same rights — and let me say this, responsibilities — as everyone else.” The Speaker called on religious supporters of marriage equality to lobby delegates on the issue and predicted that the vote in the House will be “very, very close.” Same-sex marriage did not have enough votes in the chamber last year.