Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bill Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Introduced in Maryland

By Laura Smitherman | Sun reporter
2:36 PM EST, January 25, 2008

More than a fourth of state lawmakers have signed up to sponsor a bill that would legalize same-sex marriages in Maryland, the measure's proponents announced today.

Legislators gathered with gay-rights activists to announce the introduction of the legislation in the General Assembly four months after Maryland's highest court upheld the state's 34-year-old statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

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Bit by bit we move closer to a time when people will be judged by the content of their character, and not by who they are inherently. We should all consider offering our support to these brave legislators who are going through what our legislators went through less than a year ago. Already our lives have changed, and we have been able to move on to more important issues. Here's to wishing Maryland and the other states the same peace.


Paul Jamieson said...

Proponents secured nine sponsors in the Senate and 40 in the House of Delegates. That's about half of the majority needed for passage, leaving the bill's prospects uncertain this year. Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch have said that they prefer civil unions. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions.

"Just because one state has moved forward doesn't mean Maryland has got to move in that direction," Miller said, referring to Massachusetts, the only state that allows same-sex marriage"

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

You raise a good point Paul, but I'll remind you that when we started fighting for equality here in Massachusetts we didn't have a majority either.

People should be judged by the content of their character, and in doing so you'll find many good people who just happen to be gay. That's why this is a fight for equality and not just some whiny overpriveleged pains in the ass like you so often want to paint all GLBT as.

There are only two paths before you; open your heart to equality, or don't open yourself to it. You own what your decisions make of you.