Same-sex marriage intrigue in Md.
Legislation legalizing same-sex civil marriage in Maryland passed by a relatively comfortable margin in the state Senate last week by a vote of 25-21. Most analysts considered the Senate to be the tougher challenge and assumed that passage would be rather easy to secure in the Maryland House of Delegates. Apparently not. As the House Judiciary Committee was preparing to vote to send the bill to the floor, two members of the committee staged a walk-out and ended consideration of the bill. Dels. Jill Carter of Baltimore and Tiffany Alston of Prince George's County decided that they weren't prepared to vote for the legislation -- an incredibly interesting and mindboggling decision given that both are co-sponsors of the bill.
Del. Carter later indicated that she was withholding support because she feels that the Assembly should be focused on more important issues such as education or child custody. One may reasonably ask then, why she chose to sponsor a bill that she deemed to be of lesser importance. Alston told press outlets that she was reconsidering her position, but later issued a statement in which she wrote: "As a law maker it is my duty and privilege to serve the people and try to find balance and equity where inequity exits. This duty is compounded when your personal religious belief are contrary to what you believe to be fundamentally right for society. ... Accordingly, I have resolved that if and when the chairman calls the vote I will be ready to vote based on what I believe is right.”
Many interpret Alston's statement to be an indication that she will support the bill.
[Continue reading Todd Eberly's post at The FreeStater Blog.]
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