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Gay rights group: "Maryland is Next!"

equalitymd.JPGAn e-mail message sent Tuesday from Equality Maryland, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights group says it is assembling "Action Teams" to mobilize pro- same-sex marriage voters to get to the polls in November.

The e-mail also reveals the group has a high-dollar reception scheduled next week to "thank" Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) for his legal opinion in February that has led to state agencies beginning to offer same-sex couples from elsewhere equal rights as Maryland's heterosexual ones.

"'Maryland is Next!' That is what we heard from literally hundreds of Pride-goers in DC last weekend. We couldn't agree more!" begins the e-mail to supporters. The message goes on to solicit donations to "build the necessary political power on the ground in every district to shore up the votes in the Maryland State Legislature."

"We are under no pretense that this fight will be easy, but together we can create true and lasting equality in the Free State," reads the e-mail, signed by executive director Morgan Meneses-Sheets.

The group's stepped up election-year effort follows a legislative session in which debate over same-sex marriage played a central role, but at the outset of a gubernatorial race in which neither leading candidate has embraced same-sex marriage.

Likely Republican nominee, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), has blasted Gansler's decision, saying it flies in the face of state precedent not to recognize same-sex marriage.

Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration last month followed through in codifying Gansler's legal opinion, allowing Maryland state employees to sign up same-sex spouses as dependents. But according to the Washington Blade, he reportedly angered wealthy LGBT donors at a secretive fundraising event last month in Chicago by telling the gathering he still favors civil unions over same-sex marriage.

On the June 23, Gansler event the e-mail says: "Here is your opportunity to thank Attorney General Gansler for his commitment to advancing pro-LGBT equality policies in the state, most notably his February opinion authorizing state agencies to begin the process of recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages."

Tickets begin at $50, according to the e-mail, with sponsorship opportunities up to $500.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  June 15, 2010; 6:50 PM ET
 
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I am so sick of this social rights agenda being pushed on all of us as if we're supposed to truly care whatsoever.

Posted by: thelongblueline | June 16, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

longblueline-youre a bigoted fool who cannot empathize
Equal rights denied to some is equal righst denied to all.
What if rednecks suddenly got their rights taken away? Wouldnt you be upset and want to fight to get them back?
Our country helps and empathizes-that is what makes us great
So sorry your kind is dying off fast-the days of bigotry and discrimination are over
Get used to it, buddy

Posted by: Amalgamate | June 16, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It's time Maryland. It's the 21st century.

Onward to equality and fairness,
Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
Washington, Connecticut, USA.

Posted by: cornetmustich | June 16, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Maryland is NOT next. The issue will go to the ballot..before the voters...as it should...where it will be defeated as it has in every state in the union. It's a complete, self-serving farce what Dougie "Will Do Anything for A Dollar" Gansler is doing in Maryland.

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | June 16, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, can I vote on your marriage too?

As a justice of the peace, I perform civil and non-religious marriages for same-sex and opposite-sex couples all the time in CT. It's becoming very, very popular.

Onward, Joe Mustich, JP.
Washington, Connecticut, USA.

And kudos to CT, most of New England, Iowa, and DC, many EU countries, and many cities and countries around the world for supporting marriage equality in the 21st century. It's time Maryland.

Posted by: cornetmustich | June 16, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Can you vote on my marriage huh? We're not even starting from the same premise. There is NO federal, constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | June 16, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Joe Mustich is a troll who visits every site about gay marriage and says his silly little things about gay marriage. Ignore him. He's from the State of Connecticut that unconstitutionally and undemocratically imposed homosexual marriages into state law. The same thing happened in Iowa and elsewhere. Even in left-leaning Maine and California, when voters were given a chance to have their say, they reversed the liberal nonsense that liberal legislatures and/or courts had voted for.
I must agree with some of the other sentiment expressed on this thread that Maryland isn't likely going to be the next state to impose gay marriage on an unwilling populace. The reason for this is that while Maryland is heavily Democratic (with a large African-American population), it has a conservative streak which is found predominantly in the state senate. And considering that it's a 50-50 chance which way the governorship goes this fall, gay marriage's chances are going to go dramatically south if Bob Ehrlich returns.
Maryland, do the right thing and keep resisting gay marriage. Don't believe the polls that routinely overstate support for gay marriage. A recent poll found Marylanders essentially evenly divided over the legality of such marriages which means that a substantial majority probably is against it.

Posted by: miyago123 | June 17, 2010 5:29 AM | Report abuse

Go Maryland!!!!

And george_w_bush0, stop repeating the mindless talking points of Maggie Gallagher she does not interpret Constitutional law.

Posted by: bobbarnes | June 17, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

To the anti-marriage folks who might be suffering from sexual phobias, and ancient mythologies, please find something else to do with your time and energy; try going to the gulf coast to help clean up all the muck washing up up on our coastline.

It's time, do ya think?

Onward, Joe Mustich, JP,
Washington, Connecticut, USA

Posted by: cornetmustich | June 17, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm afraid Fenty and the DC Council of Clowns have no juridiction here in the STATE of Maryland. After we're done mopping the floor with you Sodomites in November, we'll come give DC a hand in overthrowing their political overloards. I don't know what watermelon truck you fools fell off of, because you obviously don't know Black people very well. The homosexual agenda has no chance in MD.

Posted by: WallyWutMD | June 17, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

A recent poll in the Washington Post found that 48% of Maryland voters support marriage equality for same sex couples with only 44% in opposition.

In the fall, Equality Maryland did a poll of registered voters WITH an oversampling of African-American, religious voters and Catholics that found 47% of voters support marriage equality with only 44% in opposition.

The tide is turning towards fairness. Those who use rhetoric to try to scare people or make dramatic statements are simply out of touch.

Every Marylander deserves equal treatment under the law. This is not a radical concept. It is just, plain fair!

Posted by: morganmenesessheets | June 17, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Any black person who votes against Gay marriage is a hypocrite! Once the oppressed are now the oppressors! The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution gives Gay Marriage a Right under law. The US Supreme Court has consistently ruled since 1888 that Marriage was a basic human right.

Posted by: thomasAlex | June 17, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Comparing us to homosexuals is a slap in the face. Your entire premise is based off of twisting context to fit your agenda. Which of these words do not belong: A) Caucasian, B) African, C)Arabic, D) Homosexual ? A lab monkey would know the answer to that question. And nowhere in the constitution does it mention anything about gay marriage either. We all have the right to marriage; federally defined as a union between one man and one woman. Stop making stuff up. If you want to be gay, fine. Be gay. Just do your gay stuff behind closed doors, in shame, like most people who do embarrassing things.

Posted by: WallyWutMD | June 17, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The National Library of Medicine pubs confirm that sexual orientation is natural, biologically induced in the first trimester of pregnancy, morally neutral, immutable, neither contagious nor learned, bearing no relation to an individuals ability to form deep and lasting relationships, to parent children, to work or to contribute to society.

From the American Psychological Association: homosexuality is normal; homosexual relationships are normal.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Asociation and American Psychiatric Asociation have endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples because marriage strengthens mental and physical health and longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents and seniors.

America's premier child/mental health associations endorse marriage equality.

Posted by: shadow_man | June 18, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

To those of you using the Bible as a weapon against homosexuality, you are wrong. Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.


http://www.soulfoodministry.org/docs/English/NotASin.htm
http://www.jesus21.com/content/sex/bible_homosexuality_print.html
http://www.christchapel.com/reclaiming.html
http://www.stjohnsmcc.org/new/BibleAbuse/BiblicalReferences.php
http://www.gaychristian101.com/

Posted by: shadow_man | June 18, 2010 3:30 AM | Report abuse

For those of you claiming homosexuality is a "lifestyle", that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/03/differential-brain-activation.pdf
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/dn14146-gay-brains-structured-like-those-of-the-opposite-sex.html
Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155990,00.html
http://www.livescience.com/health/060224_gay_genes.html
http://www.springerlink.com/content/w27453600k586276/

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. "Nurture" may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

Posted by: shadow_man | June 18, 2010 3:32 AM | Report abuse

This was taken from another poster that shows why we need to legalize gay marriage. If you don't feel for this person after reading it, you simply aren't human.

"I am not sure what our President thinks of this dicission but coming from a poor family and knowing what discrimination is all about I would assume he would not care if "Gays" have equal rights. The whole reason why they are asking for rights to be considered married is from the same reason why I would be for it. My own life partner commited suicide in our home with a gun to his heart. After a 28 year union I was deprived to even go his funeral. We had two plots next to each other. But because we did not have a marriage cirtificate "(Legal Document)" of our union his mother had him cremated and his ashes taken back to Missouri where we came from. That is only one example how painful it is. His suicide tramatized me so much and her disregard for my feelings only added to my heartach. That happened on March 21 of 2007 and I still cannot type this without crying for the trauma I have to endure each day. Oh did I mention I am in an electric wheelchair for life? Yes I am and it is very diffacult to find another mate when you are 58 and in a wheelchair. "

Posted by: shadow_man | June 18, 2010 3:33 AM | Report abuse

The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the National Association of Social Workers state:

"There is no scientific basis for distinguishing between same-sex couples and heterosexual couples with respect to the legal rights, obligations, benefits, and burdens conferred by civil marriage."

http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/documents/Amer_Psychological_Assn_Amicus_Curiae_Brief.pdf

Thus, mental health professionals and researchers have long recognized that being homosexual poses no inherent obstacle to leading a happy, healthy, and productive life, and that the vast majority of gay and lesbian people function well in the full array of social institutions and interpersonal relationships.

http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/documents/Amer_Psychological_Assn_Amicus_Curiae_Brief.pdf

The research and clinical literature demonstrate that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are normal and positive variations of human sexuality.

http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/therapeutic-response.pdf

The longstanding consensus of the behavioral and social sciences and the health and mental health professions is that homosexuality per se is a normal and positive variation of human sexual orientation.

http://www.apa.org/about/governance/council/policy/sexual-orientation.aspx

Posted by: shadow_man | June 18, 2010 3:35 AM | Report abuse

WallyWutMD: Lol, it's funny, because you act like black marriage is different from homosexual marriage. When people make the comparison, it is not saying a black person in particular is gay, but they share various common things. Bigotry is bigotry. Discrimination is discrimination. Just like you can't change whom you are sexually attracted you, you cannot change the color of your skin. If you can, sorry, but you are not straight to begin with, but are either bi-sexual or homosexual. Majority of 18-30 year old people support gay marriage. That number is even higher among those under 18. It's just a matter of time before gay marriage is legalized for the good of our nation of equality.

Posted by: shadow_man | June 18, 2010 3:39 AM | Report abuse

"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people."

-Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King Jr's wife)

Posted by: shadow_man | June 18, 2010 3:40 AM | Report abuse

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