Today the Maryland House of Delegates shocked supporters and opponents alike when they recommitted the bill to committee, effectively killing it for the year.
After narrowly passing the Senate with a vote of 25-21 and with publicly stated support for the bill by the state’s governor, proponents of the legislation thought they were headed toward victory. But according to the House Speaker they just didn’t have enough votes.
Most shocking to the public (not so shocking to our readers) was the way in which Democrats who opposed the bill were excoriated and demeaned by the bills supporters — Exhibiting behavior, all to common to the liberal movement, Delegate Emmett Burns, a Democrat, said he’s been threatened and called the “N-word” by supporters of the bill:
“The civil rights movement as I knew it… had nothing to do with same-sex marriage,” he said, “and those who decide to ride on our coattails are historically incorrect. The civil rights movement was about putting teeth into the Declaration of Independence.”
The following is a press release from the National Organization for Marriage:
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE CONGRATULATES MARYLAND LEGISLATURE FOR DEFENDING MARRIAGE
NOM Vows to Remain Vigilant for Efforts by Opponents to Reignite Push for Gay Marriage
WASHINGTON – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) applauded the Maryland House of Delegates for protecting marriage and reflecting the will of the people of Maryland who oppose same-sex marriage. When it became clear gay marriage advocates did not have the 71 votes necessary to impose gay marriage in Maryland, they recommitted the bill to committee, effectively killing it for the year. NOM vowed to keep a close eye on any effort to revive the bill in the month remaining in the Session, and to continue the fight next year if opponents try again.
“Kudos to those brave Maryland delegates who defied the arm-twisting and political pressures to do the right thing: listen to your constituents,” said Brian Brown, president of NOM. “We pledge to be there over the long haul to help all pro-marriage Democrats, many of whom have been subject to reprehensible attacks for standing up for marriage. This victory comes from the people of Maryland whose quiet, under-reported, but extraordinary outpouring of opposition to redefining marriage is the reason for this victory. Not only did marriage win, but democracy won today.”
NOM announced earlier this week the formation of the NOM PAC Maryland, pledging $1 million in funding to support Democratic State Legislators who cast their votes to defend traditional marriage and oppose any Republican Legislators who voted to redefine marriage.
“I’m also grateful to note that Sen. Kittleman remains the lone Republican to vote for gay marriage,” added Brown. “We’ll see how well his self-congratulatory way of implying that his fellow Republicans are the moral equivalent of racists for upholding marriage as the union of husband and wife plays out in the upcoming elections.”
Black Democrats in Prince George’s County, listening to the outpouring of opposition from their African-American constituents, played a particularly key role in this effort to protect marriage and endured some especially ugly attacks.
“Delegate Emmett Burns told the press he was called the N-word for failing to vote the way white urban liberals wanted him to vote. The courage of these Democrats is extraordinary and very inspiring to those of us in the forefront of the battle to protect marriage,” said Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of NOM.