Our friend Suzanne sent this story to us, about a MD State Senator who changed his mind in favor of gay marriage in the state after hearing the hatred and vitriol from opponents testifying this week. I wrote to this Senator two weeks ago asking him to support gay marriage. I'm so glad to see that he realized how full of hatred people are that oppose marriage equality. What's sad is that one of those opponents is the Catholic Church that I used to love and belong to (until they started being so hateful to gay people). I'm glad to see that some of our politicians understand that all should be equal, and are disgusted by people who are motivated by hatred.
MD State Senator Reverses Opinion, Now Supports Marriage EqualityDemocratic Maryland State Senator James Brochin, who up until now had been against marriage equality, has completely changed his position. He'll now be one of the 21 state senators who support Maryland's marriage equality bill.
Brochin made the announcement during an appearance on a radio show on 630 WMAL:
"I'm not going to be a part of the vilification of gays on the senate floor...The people who are against the bill, all they did was demonize homosexuality, call them pedophiles, androids, and I just, I can’t oppose the bill and be on the same side as people who would do that.I t’s destructive, it’s insulting to the same-sex families who are trying to raise their kids.”
Before changing his mind, Brochin had supported civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. The state's marriage equality bill needs 24 votes to pass. Six state senators (all Democrats) are either undecided or have not publicly stated their position on the issue.
Testimony for and against marriage equality in Maryland has been in progress all week. We heard the wingnuts use human/robot marriage as a reason to not allow same-sex couples to marry. The week also saw Maggie Gallagher testify though NOM President Brian Brown wasn't very optimistic about her impact. "Despite Maggie's powerful testimony, we know this committee today was stacked against us, and we expect the legislation to be on the Senate floor as early as next week.