Shortly after President Barack Obama threw his support behind the right of gay couples to marry during an interview Wednesday, Gov.Martin O'Malleywelcomed the shift.
O'Malley, who helped steer a bill allowing same-sex civil marriage to passage in Maryland in March, issued a statement praising Obama's statement backing gay marriage during an ABC interview.
"Today, President Obama affirmed that for a people of many different faiths -- a people who are committed to the principle of religious freedom -- the way forward is always to be found through greater respect for the equal rights and human dignity of all," O'Malley said. "In Maryland, we agree."
"Ultimately, we all want the same thing for our children: to live in a loving, stable committed home protected equally under the law," O'Malley said.