As an attorney who’s been active in the LGBT community for 35 years, the results of Maryland’s election were profound and demonstrated that long arc towards justice that Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently spoke of (“the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice”).
I was reminded of when I first became a lawyer, and being gay automatically rendered you unfit by many people’s standards. Being gay made it difficult, if not impossible, to get a security clearance for work with the federal government. Let alone that there were no legal structures to create and end our relationships, or to protect our families, other than what we could creatively cobble together into a patchwork of legal structures with a limited foundation and framework.
As a long-time Marylander, I watched the slow and steady progress, small steps chipping away as we have fought for equality for our families. It took a little over 10 years from when we expanded the statewide anti-discrimination act in 2001 to include sexual orientation protections against discrimination in housing, public accommodations, lending, and employment, until we finally secured marriage equality this year.
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