Light Brigade Maryland (LBM) enjoyed fun and exciting energy leading up to the November 2012 election. Using light panels to spell out positive messages relating to saving the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which was signed into law in early March by Governor Martin O’Malley, LBM attempted to inform the voting public that this law was on the ballot as referendum Question 6.
Starting in late August with their first “bridge party” on the Dulaney Valley road bridge over the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) was attended by seventeen very excited participants. The image that was generated from that event was very instrumental in drawing attention to their project.
Several of their “bridge parties” resulted in photographs that went viral. Two that come to mind was one taken on the Howard Street Bridge over the Jones Falls expressway (I-83) near the Maryland Institute of Art in the Bolton Hill neighborhood in Baltimore.
The second photo that went viral was the “Marriage Equality” message taken in front of a local outlet of the restaurant chain that stated the “chicken sandwich controversy”
And a third photo that was seen by nearly as many people as the other two was an image created during the “Catholics for Marriage Equality” event taken in from of the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States, the Baltimore Basilica. Forty-two people attended this event. The excitement was palpable. One comment from that night, “You can just feel that momentum is on our side.” This event occurred just days before the election.
As a result of the victory of Question 6 in the Maryland Election and the excitement that Light Brigade Maryland brought to the campaign season, the campaign itself has been nominated for an organizing award through the New Organizing Institute. You can see the nomination here and vote if you like: http://rootscamp.neworganizing.com/...