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O'Malley solicits donations to same-sex marriage advocates

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Local,Maryland,Hayley Peterson

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley sent out an e-mail on Tuesday asking for donations to a group that is pushing for same-sex marriage legislation in the state.

"At the end of the day, across our state, all of us want the same thing for our kids," the e-mail says. "We want them to live in a loving, caring, committed and stable home protected equally under the law. That's what the fight for marriage equality is about."

The e-mail directs readers to a fundraising page on the website belonging to Marylanders for Marriage Equality, a group of pro-same-sex-marriage advocates that includes local chapters of the NAACP and the Service Employees International Union.

O'Malley, a Democrat, also quoted from — and linked to — a Washington Post story about a black minister who supports same-sex marriage. 

"As Prince George's Mount Ennon Baptist Church's Pastor Delman Coates explains, 'It is not a question of private belief but whether all citizens of this state have the same rights,'" O'Malley writes, quoting the Post story. 

Legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland is one of O'Malley's top legislative priorities this year.  

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