Maryland House Passes Marriage Equality Bill

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    Maryland seems to be doing good things.
     
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    I wonder how this is going to go down in the panhandle and eastern shore.
     
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    Delighted. Another domino falls.
     
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    I'm really happy for my friends in Maryland, and what this means in the march for equality generally; but I grew up across the river from Maryland and I doubt I'll ever get over my deep-seated biases. To paraphrase JFK, it's a bizarre transition state that combines all the tolerance of the South with the charm of the North. No, gracias.
     
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    What do you think the chances are that it will go to referendum if passed?
     
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    If Civil Rights or interracial marriage had been left to a popular vote, we'd still be waiting.
     
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    More news: The state senate has passed the bill, so now it goes to the Governor. He already said he'll sign it. I'd be really happy to finally have my marriage fully recognized by my state.

    Same-sex marriage bill approved by Maryland Senate - Maryland Politics - The Washington Post

    Of course this will likely spark an attempt to put same sex marriage on the ballot for November. Apparently, back in July 50% of MD residents supported gay marriage, while 44% opposed it - but that says NOTHING about likely voters. We'll see how things go.
     
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    It's of critical importance to have a team of PROFESSIONALS working on the referendum. The fact that the GOvernor is behind this law is positive. If the goverator had gotten strongly behing No on 8 it probably would not have passed. Folks need to be ready for lots of catholic and mormon church money to hit the airwaves and call it for what it is.
     
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    Well, in the Governator's defense, the HRC and EQCA really, really botched the campaign, and thought it was going to be a cakewalk. They were a little blindsided by the amount of support and money the Mormon church pumped into the Prop 8 campaign, but those on the side of equality spent even more money and just did a shitty job of it. Arnold has always been a supporter of gay rights, and refused to appeal the same-sex marriage ruling and the ruling that over-turned Prop 8, which basically should have killed the issue in the court system except for the far-right groups that got a bunch of high priced lawyers to argue that they could defend Prop 8 even if the government wouldn't.

    Kudos to Maryland for getting on the right side of equality and history.
     
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    Didn't it pass the judicial system in New Jersey? I think I read where their Governor Chrispy (or somethlng like that) said he would veto it.

    He'd rather have flags hung at half-mast for Whitney than give equal rights to gays.
     
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    In the words of Curtis Mayfield, "We'll just keep on pushin'." :smile:

    Edit: Oops. No, the double entendre was not intended. But . . . there it is.
     
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    While is the 'northernmost Southern state' with the highest percentage of black residents of any state in the Union, I feel this is a narrative that may tear any political unity that existed there. I can see black progressives splitting from the black theologians and traditionalists.

    Hopefully, there won't be a referendum, but if it is... *SIGH*
     
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    Not to weigh in again--god, I wish Jason were here--but this is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
     
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    Good for Maryland!
     
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    MD has the 4th most Blacks as a percentage of population
    List of U.S. states by African-American population - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I too hope there won't be a referendum. Maybe the times have changed since I was there but I do know there are some "fiercely conservative" areas (to put it mildly) in the western panhandle counties and the eastern shore rural counties.
     
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    God bless maryland! God bless governor omalley! To hell with the national organization for marriage!
     
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