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Maryland Marriage Equality Bill Picks Up One More Vote

02/10/11-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
From ‘no’ to ‘maybe’ to ‘yes.’ Maryland state senator James Brochin has now confirmed that he will vote for a bill granting same sex couples the right to marry in that state. The bill is three short of passage. Perhaps it would be a wise idea for the undecideds to review the testimony of Robert Broadus before making their decision so that they can see the absurd lengths that opponents will go to in order to try and prevent marriage equality from coming to fruition.

Brochin said that he was more willing to support civil unions, but since those were not an option, he thought about it and talked about how the word marriage was his stumbling block. He stated “It’s my stumbling block, and it’s my problem.”

Brochin changed his mind regarding marriage equality because of what he heard in the testimony from opponents of marriage equality. He said that the testimony was “appalling and disgusting. … I just heard hate and venom coming out of that hearing.” Of course, the absurdity of the statements from some- including an attack on robosexual marriage and a discussion of the Washington Monument as a religious symbol and the Circle of Life- probably did not help matters for the opposition either.

The bill now has 21 votes, and it needs 24 to pass.

Here are the ‘yes’ and ‘undecided’ votes:

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-Mongtomery)
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 (3):
Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard)
Sen. James N. Robey (D-Howard)

Senators who said in interviews that they are undecided (6):
Sen. John C. Astle (D-Anne Arundel)
Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George’s)
Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Prince George’s)

Meanwhile, openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts talked to Maryland’s Lt. Gov. about the bill.

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