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Is this the End of the Line for Equality Maryland?

Not to cause a panic or anything, but to say that things seem “dire” at Equality Maryland is a bit of an understatement.

The last few months saw two surprising legislative failures — first to a marriage bill, then to a nondiscrimination bill.

And then there were weeks of contradictory statements and infighting, culminating in the announcement that they’re practically out of money. Gee, we can’t imagine why big donors are scared to chip in right now.

Other headlines making this week’s marriage roundup: the ticking clock in New York, civil unions starting this week in Illinois, and did you hear about the French politician who compared gay couples to bestiality? Maybe she doesn’t know what “gay” means, or she doesn’t know what bestiality is. Either way, someone should probably take her aside and clue her in.

After the jump: all those stories and more, courtesy of Marriage News Watch (a project of Queerty editor Matt Baume).