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Posted at 2:17 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Md. House kills same-sex marriage bill

By John Wagner

The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to effectively kill for this year a bill that would have allowed same-sex marriage in Maryland.

The House approved on voice vote a motion to send the bill back to the Judiciary Committee, an acknowledgment by supporters that it did not have sufficient votes to pass on the floor.

The bill cleared the Senate two weeks ago on a 25-to-21 vote, and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) had pledged to sign it.

Advocates for the bill had hoped Maryland would join five other states and the District in allowing same-sex marriages. The bill had significant momentum coming out of the Senate but ran into resistance in the Democatic-led House from African American lawmakers from Prince George's County, who cited religious opposition in their districts, and conservative Democrats in Southern Maryland and the Baltimore suburbs.

By John Wagner  | March 11, 2011; 2:17 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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The black PG county policians fail to see the irony of defeating civil rights for a group they despise.

Posted by: LeoNoVA | March 11, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see them decline to vote on raising the gas tax, and the liquor tax, and auto registrations, etc. etc. etc. Bet they won't feel the need to send those to committee.

Posted by: jjtwo | March 11, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Cowards!
We will remember and we vote!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | March 11, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Today is the first step of taking our party back black folk! Crazy white liberals have taken us for granted long enough!

Posted by: wewinyoulose1 | March 11, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

since the politicians want to protect marriage--a cause i support--i hope they will go one step further and make divorce unconstitutional in maryland. they do want to protect marriage, right? oh, wait...most of them are on their 3rd or 4th marriage! like newt g. i just looooove the smell of hypocrisy.

Posted by: dcguy11 | March 11, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

since the politicians want to protect marriage--a cause i support--i hope they will go one step further and make divorce unconstitutional in maryland. they do want to protect marriage, right? oh, wait...most of them are on their 3rd or 4th marriage! like newt g. mmm...i just looooove the smell of hypocrisy. so does jesus.

Posted by: dcguy11 | March 11, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Further proof that evolution continues - the oppressed become the oppressors.

Posted by: TheJohnVisser | March 11, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Slavemaster O'Malley is asking us to check our morality, and our faith at the door. We will not do it Slavemaster!

Posted by: wewinyoulose1 | March 11, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Are the "African American" lawmakers from Prince George's county the only ones with a race? How is their race relevant but not the others? So, white right-leaning democrats did the same thing. PS: This is a civil rights issue. Shame on Democrats!

Posted by: darrren12000 | March 11, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

1. This has nothing to do with civil rights and race. It is highly insulting to many blacks to have their genetic race, of which they are proud, to have that called the same thing as a non-genetic prefence to engage in homosexual behavior. Just google up "hijacking the civil rights bus."
2. Remember - the gene theory of homosexuality is antiquated, and the researcher no longer supports his own work - just google up "gay gene hoax.
3. In light of AIDS, Syphilis etc (ask CDC) many have abstained as an option.
4. Some are finding that therapy and appropriate support and self education and support groups are enabling recovery from a tendency toward homosexual behavior. It's not easy, and may take a few years.
5. Most often, persons, preferring homosexual behavior patterns were sexually abused as children or as youth. Thus the path needs to be one of getting help to acknowledg and grieve the trauma and losses.
6. Since 1980 there have been 300 peer-reviewed articles linking childhood abuse and childhood sexual abuse with a variety of adulthood mental illnesses as well as problems with sexuality. This list can be found among the 831 references to Charles L. Whitfield MD's book, The Truth about Depression.
7. Celebrating homosexuality is an error, because that is the same thing as celebrating the abusive causations which lie in areas which we as a society need to fix, so that fewer would become entrapped in the disastrous throes of homosexuality.

Wishing you the best in health and happiness.

Posted by: MustDoTheHomework | March 11, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Cowards. I guess the theocracy of P.G. county will tell other Marylanders how to live their lives. There should be no second-class citizens in Maryland. Welcome back to the 19th century. All should be treated equally. Sound familar?

Posted by: jckdoors | March 11, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's time to just do it by county since its mostly PG that has a problem with gay marriage. Everyone I've spoken to thinks that this idea should have gone through years ago. Hey PG! Here's an idea for ya-stop trying to bash gays anyway you can and hold your council members, staff, citizens, and their offspring accountable for what goes on in that crime ridden ghetto of a county! If all of these preachers had taken SOME of these problems in hand years ago, PG wouldn't be the butt of every joke in the DMV. Yes, this IS comparable to our civil rights issue and now you have made us look like the most ignorant race of people in the MAJORITY of any metropolitan area. Despicable. I'll bet deep down some of you "god fearing" people really dislike interacial marriage as well. I am female w/ a husband (yes, he's a MAN because he doesn't CARE what other consenting adults do) and black and I am ashamed today. Thank God I've never lived around any of you Rednecks over there-go buy some sheets.

Posted by: stopthemadness | March 11, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's time to just do it by county since its mostly PG that has a problem with gay marriage. Everyone I've spoken to thinks that this idea should have gone through years ago. Hey PG! Here's an idea for ya-stop trying to bash gays anyway you can and hold your council members, staff, citizens, and their offspring accountable for what goes on in that crime ridden ghetto of a county! If all of these preachers had taken SOME of these problems in hand years ago, PG wouldn't be the butt of every joke in the DMV. Yes, this IS comparable to our civil rights issue and now you have made us look like the most ignorant race of people in the MAJORITY of any metropolitan area. Despicable. I'll bet deep down some of you "god fearing" people really dislike interacial marriage as well. I am female w/ a husband (yes, he's a MAN because he doesn't CARE what other consenting adults do) and black and I am ashamed today. Thank God I've never lived around any of you Rednecks over there-go buy some sheets.

Posted by: stopthemadness | March 11, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

stopthemadness:

You vehemently object to gay bashing, but are not above bashing African Americans for a strong cultural affinity for the conventional definition of marriage, which has little to do with existing civil rights.

If you would like to be treated with respect, the first step is to dispense respect to those who disagree with you.

You have a right to your beliefs, but no right to disparage, degrade, and bash other for theirs.

Hyporisy of the first order.

Posted by: captn_ahab | March 11, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see them decline to vote on raising the gas tax, and the liquor tax, and auto registrations, etc. etc. etc. Bet they won't feel the need to send those to committee.

Posted by: jjtwo | March 11, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

It's as if the motto were "Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty that some of us but not all of us are free at last."

And it's wrong.

Posted by: Asymptote | March 11, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

It's as if the motto were "Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty that some of us but not all of us are free at last."

And it's wrong.

Posted by: Asymptote | March 11, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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