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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/11/2011

In Maryland, a time to lead

By Todd Eberly

Maryland's House of Delegates will likely vote today on whether to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. By most counts, the legislation lacks the 71 votes needed to pass the bill. I have already written extensively about this issue and stand by prior comments and criticisms of the many delegates who appear to be unprepared for the awesome responsibility of legislating.

Today, I simply want to ask every member of the House of Delegates to look forward, beyond this vote, beyond 2012 or 2014. Look 20 years into the future, a future where same-sex marriage is legal everywhere -- a likely scenario given the dramatic changes in public opinion on the issue. Future generations will look to this era in American history with the same confusion and embarrassment that our generation feels when considering the era of segregation and anti-miscegenation laws. That future generation will wonder how intolerance, hate and bigotry could have so defined our public policy with regard to gender preference, much the same as we wonder how we ever believed that the color of one's skin should determine one's rights.

Many members of the General Assembly will have children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren among that future generation. I ask those members, what will you say when your child or grandchild asks what role you played in the fight for equality? Will you be able to say that you stood at the vanguard of the battle, that you cast a vote for equality that rippled across other states and set a new standard for tolerance? Or will you lower your voice and your head and explain that when the time came to stand and be counted -- to lead -- you simply weren't up to the task?

Twenty years from now, will you be proud of the vote you'll cast today?

Todd Eberly blogs at The FreeStaterBlog. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Todd Eberly  | March 11, 2011; 12:24 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, same-sex marriage  
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In Maryland, a time to dismiss the Washington Post's pro-homosexual blathering. The REAL COURAGE comes by standing up against the media machine, and representing the PEOPLE you were elected to represent. I can't wait until this disgraceful blemish is scourged from the face of my beautiful state. Hurry up and defeat this bill please.

Posted by: WallyWutMD | March 11, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The "inevitability" of same-sex marriage is not a fact; it's an argument and a rather blunt weapon of SSM supporters. The problem is that it is belied by the fact that SSM has been defeated everywhere it has been put to the popular vote.

Marylanders too will reject it by referendum if and when it comes to that.

Posted by: Leo_Ladenson | March 11, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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