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Obama speaks out against Maryland's anti-gay marriage ballot measure

'We’re moving forward to a country where we treat everybody fairly and everybody equally'

Now that he has come out in favor gay marriages, President Barack Obama is no longer using surrogates to speak out against state ballot initiatives that seek to ban them.

Obama appeared at a campaign fundraiser on Tuesday (12 June) in Maryland and urged voters to defeat a measure that, if it qualifies for the ballot, would prevent gay marriages which were just signed into law on March 2 by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

'We’re moving forward to a country where we treat everybody fairly and everybody equally, with dignity and respect,' Obama said during a campaign fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore. 'And here in Maryland, thanks to the leadership of committed citizens and Gov. O’Malley, you have a chance to reaffirm that principle in the voting booth in November. It’s the right thing to do.'

Josh Levin, campaign director for Marylanders for Marriage Equality, told the Wsshington Blade after Obama's speech: 'We are grateful the president highlighted the marriage referendum in his remarks today. Voters identify with his journey on the issue and are re-thinking their own position on same-sex marriage.'

'A strong majority already realize this is about treating gays and lesbians fairly under the law and about dignity for all Maryland families, not just some families,' Levin added. 'The president’s history-making leadership on marriage equality has inspired new conversations around kitchen tables and in church pews, not just in Maryland but all over the country.'

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