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Del. Maggie McIntosh( Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun photo / July 22, 2011 )
65, Democratic state delegate
The coalition to uphold Maryland's same-sex marriage law on the ballot was strong on passion and light on unity when the governor tapped Del. Maggie McIntosh to step in last fall. The coalition faced an organized opponent backed by deep pockets -- and needed a decision-maker. With her business-like style, McIntosh set to work. "You can't take a vote on every line of every commercial," she said. "At some point, you have to trust." Maryland's first openly gay state lawmaker slimmed the paid staff, created an advisory cabinet, reached out to donors and explored why national groups had not helped the effort in Maryland. As a result, "decisions could be made quickly, and yet everybody felt like they were listened to."
-- Erin Cox