Anti-marriage equality forces in Maryland face financial difficulties, Colorado group plans political campaign against civil unions opponents
June 27, 2012
By Jacob Combs
While Maryland’s anti-marriage equality activists may have succeeded in filing enough signatures to secure a referendum on the state’s recently passed marriage law, their financial numbers aren’t looking so good. The Maryland Marriage Alliance raised only $5,000 last month, and the campaign apparently owes $88,000 in debt. The largest bill, at $74,000, is from MDPetitions.com, a group that helped marriage equality opponents gather and verify signatures for the referendum effort.
Derek McCoy, executive director of Maryland Marriage Alliance, told the Baltimore Sun that Maryland’s financial disclosure laws permit advocacy organizations to show only a portion of their fundraising specifically slated for signature gathering. The organization, he said, has received other large donations for their anti-marriage equality efforts. Still, Marylanders for Marriage Equality posted a cheeky and enthusiastic tweet about the news: “Have you heard? We raised more today from MD citizens than our opponents have all month!”
In Colorado, the Denver Post reports that a new group called Fight Back Colorado is forming to campaign this November against lawmakers who killed the state’s civil unions bill even though it had majority support and could have passed into law. The Colorado effort is modeled after a similar campaign in New York that sought to defeat anti-gay lawmakers and contributed to the passage of marriage equality in that state.
Brad Clark, director of the pro-LGBT group One Colorado, said the campaign will not just target the Republican leadership and committee members who voted down civil unions. “A lot of folks never got to vote on this, but they allowed their leadership to do this so they had a hand in civil unions being killed.”