Marriage equality advocates increase campaign funding

WASHINGTON, D.c - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, furthered its commitment to marriage equality in Maryland, announced Monday additional investments of $300,000 in the state, bringing HRC's total investments to $1.5 million.

Nationally, HRC today announced an additional $1 million investment in the four states facing marriage-related ballot measures in November - Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.  

"It is clear 2012 is the year for marriage equality in the Maryland," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Our movement is about loving and committed families who deserve nothing less than full equality under the law.  HRC is proud of our many volunteers and donors who have raised and donated additional resources to fuel this fight."

Today's announced investments in Maryland include a contribution of $150,000 to the NAACP Maryland Marriage PAC, an effort aimed at winning the ballot measure, and $150,000 to Marylanders for Marriage Equality.  Over the 2011-2012 election cycle, HRC has invested $7.3 million in legislative and electoral efforts to secure marriage equality nationwide, including staff on the ground knocking on doors, making phone calls, and spreading the word of equal marriage rights.

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