The Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty puts it well:
With the stroke of midnight, at 12:01am on October 1st, 2013, Maryland officially becomes the sixth state in six years to abandon capital punishment. The Catholic Mobilizing Network congratulates Maryland Citizens Against State Executions and all of its partners. We proudly stand with them.
Just as it was in New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Illinois and Connecticut, Catholics played a major role in this life-affirming policy change.
From the Catholic Governor who led the charge and signed the bill to the thousands of Catholics who wrote to their legislators, we made the difference.
Read the rest here.