Colpict01The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s only Black lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender civil rights organization lauds the Maryland court decision recognizing the unconstitutionality of denying marriage equality to all of its citizens.

Judge Brooke Murdock ruled Jan. 20, 2006, that denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the equal rights amendment of the Maryland Constitution, saying that the state’s arguments for this discrimination fails even a rational basis test. The decision is stayed pending appeal by the state.

“We salute the courageous gay and lesbian Marylanders who stood up for justice and equality," said NBJC Executive Director/CEO, H. Alexander Robinson. “Bravo to our colleagues at the ACLU and Equality Maryland.  We stand shoulder to shoulder with you as you continue the drive to secure fairness for Maryland’s gay and lesbian families.”

The groundbreaking decision would allow Marylanders the same equal rights as afforded to residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other countries in Europe and South Africa.