Same-Sex Marriage Plaintiff Blasts O'Malley
Lisa Polyak, one of the plaintiffs on the losing side of last week's Court of Appeals ruling upholding Maryland's same-sex marriage ban, has some not-so-nice words for Gov. Martin O'Malley (D): He betrayed us.
Polyak has shared with friends and supporters several emails the governor sent her while he was mayor of Baltimore. Polyak says O'Malley's support for gay unions was loud and clear.
"You are most welcome, Lisa," began the then-mayor's response to an October 2004 email from Polyak thanking him for his support for same-sex marriage. "However, I'm just supporting something I strongly believe in. I wish you and your family nothing but the best."
Polyak also released an exchange with O'Malley from August 2005, in which she quotes an interview he gave to the CBS affiliate in Baltimore.
"I'm certainly not opposed to it. I don't see how we can deny governmental protection to those sorts of contracts. I know that churches will certainly have different views. And that certainly is their right and no one should infringe on that. But ... I'm not opposed to civil marriages."
After last week's ruling, the governor said he backs civil unions, not marriage, as a compromise.
"It is time to shed a bit of truth about the depth of the hypocrisy this guy displays to our families," Polyak wrote yesterday in an email to supporters.
O'Malley's spokesman said there is no hypocrisy. "The governor supports equal rights for all Marylanders," Rick Abbruzzese said."He would sign legislation enacting civil unions." The governor, he added, is "unequivocally opposed" to a constitutional amendment" sought by conservatives in the General Assembly that would establish marriage as between a man and a woman.
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