Brochin reconsiders same-sex marriage opposition
Supporters of Maryland's same-sex marriage bill appear close to picking up a vote from an unexpected source: Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore County).
Brochin had previously expressed support for civil unions but balked at granting full marriage rights to gay couples.
The day after a seven-hour hearing on the legislation, however, Brochin issued a news release Wednesday announcing he is reconsidering his position and would hold a press conference Thursday morning "to discuss his stance."
Brochin said in the news release that he was moved by testimony at the hearing, particularly that of the bill's opponents, which he called "appalling."
"Witness after witness demonized homosexuals, vilified the gay community and described gays and lesbians as pedophiles," Brochin said.
His news release seems to suggest Brochin will announce his support Thursday for the same-sex marriage bill. In it, Brochin quotes himself saying: "For me, the transition to supporting marriage has not been an easy one, but the uncertainty, fear and second-class status that gays and lesbians have to put up with is far worse and clearly must come to an end."
In a brief interview Wednesday afternoon, Brochin said he was not ready to announce his position. "I need another night to sleep on it," he said.
Picking up Brochin's support could prove crucial to efforts to pass the same-sex marriage bill in the Senate.
Twenty four votes are needed to pass the bill. A survey last week by The Post found 20 senators publicly committed to voting for the bill and another six either undecided or undeclared. Advocates for the legislation say they are close to nailing down a few other votes.
| February 9, 2011; 4:04 PM ET
Categories: General Assembly, John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage
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