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In this year's debate over same-sex marriage in Annapolis, one of the most outspoken voices has been Anne Arundel County Clerk Robert Duckworth.

Duckworth has made his reputation conducting civil marriage ceremonies at the court house -- more than 6,000 over his 12-year career. As Washington Post reporter Christian Davenport reported in last week's Anne Arundel Extra, Duckworth has performed wedding ceremonies for Maryland luminaries including Parris N. Glendening, the former governor; Joe DeFrancis, chief executive of the Maryland Jockey Club; and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel).

But he says if same-sex marriage becomes legal in Maryland, he won't preside over the wedding of two men or two women. Yesterday, on the conservative Christian radio show "The American View," Duckworth repeated the pledge he made during a public hearing on the same-sex marriage issue.

"Pigs will fly," he said, before he ever conducts a same-sex marriage.

By  |  February 22, 2006; 5:10 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , Same-Sex Marriage  
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