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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 02/15/2011

Md. senator 'still praying' on same-sex marriage

By John Wagner

Conway.jpgUnderscoring the uncertainty of next week's expected Senate vote on same-sex marriage, a key Maryland lawmaker has been quoted saying somewhat different things about her position to two different newspapers.

Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore) is included in a tally published Tuesday morning by The Washington Post of 24 senators -- the bare majority needed for passage -- who have indicated they will vote for a bill allowing gay couples to marry.

In an interview last week, Conway told The Post that her Senate district is about evenly divided on the issue and that she would not vote for the bill if she believes it will fail because that would alienate half her constituents. But Conway said should would "pray real hard and vote green" if it became clear she was the deciding vote in favor of the bill.

What Conway told The Post in an interview on the Senate floor is consistent with what several advocates for the bill say she has told them privately: that she is not willing to be the 23rd vote for the high-profile legislation, but that she is committed to being the 24th.

Conway's most recent comments, however, published by The Baltimore Sun are more equivocal.

"Conway said she would not support the Senate bill if it appears to be failing," The Sun reported in a blog item Monday. "But if there are 23 'yes' votes on the board, she said she will 'pray really hard' and make her choice. Reached today by phone, Conway said she is 'still praying' and 'probably close' to making a decision."

In her interview with The Post, Conway said she would be more comfortable with the bill if it put the issue of same-sex marriage to a statewide vote. The bill has no such provision, but Maryland law allows citizens to petition recently passed laws to the ballot. Supporters and opponents alike have said they expect enough signatures would be collected to force a public vote on same-sex marriage in Maryland in November 2012.

Advocates of the bill are still targeting at least three other senators who have not publicly stated their positions.

A list of senators who support the legislation and remain undeclared is below.

Bill sponsors and co-sponsors (18):
Sen. William C. Ferguson (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Robert J. Garagiola (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Lisa A. Gladden (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Verna L. Jones-Rodwell (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Dolores G. Kelley (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. Nancy J. King (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Roger Manno (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George's)
Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Victor R. Ramirez (D-Prince George's)
Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Ronald N. Young (D-Frederick)
Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County)

Others who have publicly committed to vote for the bill (6):
Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore)*
Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard)
Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. James N. Robey (D-Howard)

Senators who said in interviews that they are undecided (3):
Sen. John C. Astle (D-Anne Arundel)
Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's)
Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Prince George's)

Senators who have indicated they oppose the bill (20):
Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George's)
Sen. David R. Brinkley (R-Frederick)
Sen. Richard E. Colburn (R-Dorchester)
Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. (D-Anne Arundel)
Sen. Roy P. Dyson (St. Mary's)
Sen. George C. Edwards (R-Garrett)
Sen. Joseph M. Getty (R-Carroll)
Sen. Barry Glassman (R-Harford)
Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford)
Sen. J.B. Jennings (R-Baltimore County)
Sen. James N. Mathias Jr. (D-Worcester)
Sen. Thomas M. Middleton (D-Charles)
Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert)
Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George's)
Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Prince George's)
Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-Queen Anne's)
Sen. Edward R. Reilly (R-Anne Arundel)
Sen. Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington)
Sen. Brian W. Simonaire (R-Anne Arundel)
Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr. (D-Baltimore County)

* Conway says she will not vote for the bill if she believes it will fail.

By John Wagner  | February 15, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage  
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Wagner, when are you going to get off the gay thing? I mean come on, there has to be other things going on in Annapolis that are far more important to more people than gay marriage. what about the power grab by MOCO exec. which could gut the best park system in the state? What about the impact of an increased state gas tax in a year when pundits predict gas prices nationally will hit four bucks a gallon? what about more critical stories concerning OMalleys duck and dodge on budget issues? These are things the MAJORITY of Marylanders need to know about. Oh well, I guess it's time to cut my WAPO subscription.

Posted by: VikingRider | February 15, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Forget the "prayers", just do what's right, and join the 21st century.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 15, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

it's time to pass this law and be done with it. Gender alone should not be a disqualifer for marriage.

Gender Equality Now!

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 15, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

What a profile in courage that woman is

Posted by: justanothercrusader | February 15, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Jim Rosapepe, what are you waiting for?

There is a good chance that in the not too distant future, you will look back and be embarrassed by your silence on this issue. You have a chance to stand up for justice, and you are standing on the sidelines.

Posted by: princgeorges | February 16, 2011 12:30 AM | Report abuse

If you truly are praying, then you are already aware of God's answer.

Posted by: WallyWutMD | February 16, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Comments re: Prayer and God's involvement about His Creation are very simple as all you have to do is go to His Scripture and Read What He Has Said Is to Be Followed by His People and For Which He Also Has Stated The Roads Are Wide But The Gates Are Narrow As To Admittance Into His Kingdom: As per God's word in the Bible at the Book of 1st Corinthians Chapter 6 verses 9 & 10: " 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." A footnote in regards to homosexuality as it appears in the NIV Bible states: "The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts." As you pray within the confusion of today or our times always remember that the author of confusion is Satan. As such be aware that part of this confusion lies within the Episcopal Church started with Bishop Gene Robinson who left his wife for a man whom he married in the Episcopal Church with the Church's blessing. When interviewed on the Bill O'Reilly show regarding as to how in the world the Episcopal church could condone such an act his response was that the Episcopal Church no longer follows the word of God in the Bible thus breaking a long tradition of that Church's tie-into the Prostestant's movement of Sola Scriptura in that Only Scripture was the true authority and not a man's interpretation. Thus they are no longer a truly protestant Church and this was called Protestant because of the protestations against the Catholic Church with the Pope being the Vicar of God thus he could make this pronouncement and that pronouncement the Protestants challenged as being against the word of God in the Bible. Because of dwindling membership the Evangelical Lutheran church has followed suit and also no longer follows the word of God regarding homosexuality in it's Churches. This is the confusion and again we know who the author of confusion is per the Bible. Complacency and accomodation equal the sin of omission as we don't just sin by the commission of a sin but when we don't act or accomodate the actions of sin. As the Maryland Senate passes this bill all of the Senators voting to pass it will be the targets of a growing movement to replace at each upcoming new election and they will not be supported by those are against this legislation from the date of this vote. Most Church going people do not even know who their State Senator is but their vote to allow homosexual marriage will put them on the map as being complicit with the sin of homosexuality and the ultimate judgement of God.

Posted by: smartdogtinglefence | February 18, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

As Maryland becomes a homosexual marriage state let it be said that it is a cultural norm of homosexuality in your society. So in this way you husbands and fathers and Mothers and wives regarding your children and your husbands and wives beware of this new cultural norm of being ok as to associations. What do I mean? Well the man's wife wants to go out with the girls and the issue arises is it ok? Well it's just with a bunch of the girls. In the past it was ok, no big deal. Yet if the wife wanted to go out with some guys or a guy that would be questioned as the husband may become a bit jealous. However now with the passage of homosexual marriage each sex must be questioned by the husband or vice versa. Should not the wife be concerned if the husband is just going fishing or playing golf with the guys. Homosexuality is now ok in Maryland. If the guy and the guys are ok with homosexuality then why is it not ok for the guys to go out with some girls because what's the big deal as all of these homosexuality ok leaning guys who vote for homosexual marriage don't see any difference. So then it's so much for the comment of: "She is a loose women with loose morals." as that comment and comments like it have no more meaning with homosexual marriage. The woman was concerned with husband going out with so and so guy because he is single and he is liable to become involved with other woman. That is not the case anymore as the wife must be suspect of not just the other women that the single guy may bring into contact with her husband but she must also be suspect of the single guy himself and all of his friends that her husband would come into contact with. It's a brand new ball game so to speak within Maryland's new love of the homosexual and the approval of that lifestyle. Axiology is the study of the nature, types, and criteria of values and value judgements especially in the area of ethics. Therefore the husband and wife must attune themselves to be more thorough in their choices as to who they agree to allow communications with as they enter into the circle of their marriage. Imagine that everyone of these people:
Sen. William C. Ferguson Sen. Jennie M. Forehand Sen. Brian E. Frosh Sen. Robert J. Garagiola Sen. Lisa A. Gladden Sen. Verna L. Jones-Rodwell Sen. Dolores G. Kelley Sen. Nancy J. King Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. Sen. Roger Manno Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden Sen. Karen S. Montgomery Sen. Paul G. Pinsky Sen. Catherine E. Pugh Sen. Victor R. Ramirez Sen. Jamie B. Raskin Sen. Ronald N. Young Sen. Robert A. Zirkin Sen. James Brochin Sen. Joan Carter Conway Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer Sen. Allan H. Kittleman Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier Sen. James N. Robey is saying that they know better than God as to what is sin and what is not thus what should be condoned and all of you people who have pulled the lever for them are complicit. So this is the way of the State of Maryland and political lines have been drawn in Maryland for division.

Posted by: smartdogtinglefence | February 18, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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