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02/02/2011

MD Republican Senator: 'I really believe as a legislator, I don't vote based on my faith'

by Jeremy Hooper

Momentum builds in MD:

Kittleman Mug-Thumb-100X138-33841Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) formally announced his support Wednesday morning for legislation that would allow same-sex marriages in Maryland, saying he would vote for the bill "because of my firm belief in equal rights."

With the announcement, Kittleman became the first -- and will probably be the only -- Senate Republican to back one of the most high-profile bills of the 90-day session.

*KEEP READING:
GOP senator announces support for Md. same-sex marriage bill [WaPo]

Kittleman says he drew inspiration from his late father, also a state senator, who fought against racial discrimination during his day. So just in case the principled stand itself didn't make conservative heads explode, the (rightful) connection to pure, unadulterated human bias should surely salt the wound.

Or in a perfect world: It will close wounds and instead open eyes, minds, and contrived party lines. Here's to hoping.

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