Thursday, February 17, 2011

Maryland Has the Votes to Pass Gay Marriage!!

      In Maryland, State Senator James Rosapepe  has announced that he will be voting for the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act that just passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee! This means that there are 24 guaranteed votes for marriage equality in the State Senate - enough to pass!! All that we need to do now is ensure that there will be no filibuster of the bill - really the only thing that marriage equality opponents have left to stop same-sex marriages from being legalized in the state. We will need 29 votes to override.any chance of a filibuster.

       As should be expected, the Maryland Catholic Conference believes that the bill does not provide enough support for religious freedom, stating,

"The bill continues to provide no protections for an individual's religious freedoms, such as those of a clerk forced to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple.
      All I can say is...seriously? Should this even be a valid concern? In my opinion, it only shows the level of stupidity that our opponents in Maryland have stooped to.  Government services should obviously be subject to the feelings of the person giving it.

The full story can be found here.

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