Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley stands with his wife Katie during inauguration ceremonies outside the State House, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, in Annapolis, Md. O'Malley was sworn in for a second term in office. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, Pool)
Maryland first lady Katie O'Malley now says she regrets calling lawmakers "cowards" for preventing the legalization of same-sex marriage bill from being passed last year in the House of Delegates.
Her shot at those opposing the bill came Thursday at the 24th annual Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality.
On Friday she issued another statement -- one in which she toned it down a bit:
"I regret my recent choice of words at the Creating Change Conference last night. I let my feelings get the better of me. I deeply respect that there are strongly held and differing views on marriage equality in Maryland, but hope that our state’s elected officials will come together to fairly address this important issue for our families and children.
"We all want the same thing for our kids -- we all want our children to live in loving, stable, committed households that are protected equally under the law. No child should be punished because he or she happens to live in a state that doesn’t recognize the love that his or her parents share. It’s about equal rights for everyone, no matter who they are, or who they love."
O'Malley's original "cowards" comment sparked discussions across the internet, including on NBC Washington's Facebook page. You can read those comments and join in on the discussion here.