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Calls the balls and strikes, Miller says

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s call last night for full debate of the gay marriage issue on the House and Senate floor is not sitting so well with one relevant party: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

Miller (D-Calvert) told reporters this morning that Ehrlich (R) should take a firm position on the issue rather than try to divide lawmakers on the emotional issue of whether to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

"He's elected to call the balls and strikes," Miller said.

Miller reiterated his view that lawmakers should wait to act until the Court of Appeals considers a ruling this month by a Baltimore judge that said current law on the subject can not stand constitutional muster.

In a statement last night, Ehrlich urged "the leadership of the Maryland General Assembly to bring a full deliberation of a Constitutional amendment to the floor of the House of Delegates and the Senate to allow legislators and the citizens of Maryland to be heard."

While Ehrlich has said he will take steps to protect marriage, his statement was silent on whether a constitutional amendment is needed before a court decision.

By John Wagner  |  January 31, 2006; 11:16 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly  
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