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"Question of the Month"

Speak out for Marriage in the Baltimore Sun!

 “Do you believe the state should recognize gay marriages or endorse some other form of civil union for same sex couples?”

In 300 words or less. let them know that YES, you do support marriage equality for same-sex couples and why.

Send to:

Deadline is September 19th

Forum on Marriage Fairness
Hosted by The Community Justice Program of Open Society Institute ­ Baltimore


Ken Choe, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU¹s Lesbian and Gay Rights Project
Dan Furmansky, Executive Director
Lisa Polyak and Gita Deane

When: Wednesday, September 14

            10:15 a.m. to­ 11:30 a.m.

Where:  Open Society Institute ­Baltimore
201 North Charles Street, Suite 1300, Baltimore

  Please RSVP to Justin Schaberg at (410) 234-1092 x213 or
 Equality Montgomery's Kickoff Fall Picnic and Ice Cream Social

Please join Equality Montgomery for their first Fall Festival to meet and socialize. Over the past few months, a group of friends, neighbors, and community leaders from around Montgomery County have been meeting to lay the groundwork for a new LGBT organization in the county. Together, we formulated a mission to promote equality and full participation for our community in our county through advocacy, education, outreach, and partnership. In establishing this new group, Equality Montgomery has been helped by leaders from Equality Maryland, the Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance (AGLA), and Equality Fairfax.

E=MCq will host a free ice cream social and picnic. Join us to meet neighbors and new friends. The event will be long on fun and short on speeches.

Sunday, September 18 - rain or shine
4 pm at Meadowbrook/Rock Creek Park & Community Center in Chevy Chase.

For more information, please visit or email
Montgomery County Residents! 
Support Comprehensive and Inclusive Health Education

In the wake of the Montgomery County Public School System preparing improvements to its 8th and 10th grade health education curriculum, a local group, Teach the Facts will hold a community forum.

  “Teach the Facts – Just Say NOW to Comprehensive and Inclusive Health Education”

When: Sunday, September 25
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

Where: Auditorium of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD

For more information click here
The forum will also provide ample time for audience questions and discussion.

Baltimore Church to Host Forum

Contact: Rev. Roger Scott Powers
410-728-5545 (ext. 12)

"The Struggle for Marriage Equality: A Public Forum on the State of Gay Marriage in America"

When: Wednesday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, 210 West Madison Street, in Baltimore


Gita Deane and Lisa Polyak, Lead Plaintiffs in the Maryland lawsuit "Deane and Polyak v. Conaway"

Dan Furmansky
Seth Kilbourn, Vice President, Human Rights Campaign -- Marriage Project
Rev. Donald Stroud, Minister of Outreach & Reconciliation, That All May Freely Serve:Baltimore

The panel will be moderated by the church's pastor, the Rev. Dr. Alison Halsey.


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