Robert Ehrlich's revisionist history
By Lisa Polyak
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s Feb. 28 Local Opinions commentary, “In Maryland, out of touch on marriage and more,” revealed far more than his personal view on marriage recognition for same-gender couples. It forebode a plan to wrap his expected gubernatorial bid in the same homophobic fear-mongering that accompanied the 2004 U.S. elections.
In his piece, Mr. Ehrlich asserted that he “led efforts to give nontraditional couples access to benefits to which I believe they are entitled, such as medical decision-making authority.” In the real world, then-Gov. Ehrlich vetoed the Medical Decision Making Act, a bill passed in 2005 by the General Assembly that would have granted same-gender couples basic protections like the ability to make medical decisions, ride in an ambulance together or share a room in a nursing home. His explanation for this veto? It “could lead to the erosion of the sanctity of traditional marriage as already codified in Maryland law.”
Thankfully, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed this measure after taking office, affording some security to couples denied the myriad protections that accompany a marriage license. Mr. Ehrlich’s uncompassionate conservatism and his treatment of families like mine failed to win over the electorate in 2006, and it has no place in Maryland today.
The writer was a lead plaintiff in Deane and Polyak v. Conaway, a 2007 court case challenging Maryland’s ban on same-sex marriage.
| March 3, 2010; 7:47 AM ET
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