Good As You: Maryland Roundup

03/14/2011

Rabbi: 'We have to shame' those who vote for #marryland civil rights

With NAMBLA, bestiality, and Weinmar/Nazi Germany references thrown in for good measure: [SOURCE: Protect Marriage MD] Thanks, Democratic-controlled House of Delegates, for the lack of forward movement! You've apparently prevented genocide.

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NOM finds new MD; curing inequality still not the goal

So this is sort of interesting in a National Organization for Marriage-obsessed sort of way. Remember a few weeks back, we showed you how NOM had started organizing on a site called that worked under the dual names MarylandForMarriage and...

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03/12/2011

'Balt. Sun' chastises feet-dragging, delayed justice, fact that they'll have to find interesting ways to keep covering this tired issue

A strong "Wtf?!" ("Where's the fairness?" "Wither the freedom?" "Why the fallacy?" "When the future?" -- take your pick) from Maryland’s largest general circulation daily newspaper: The decision by the House of Delegates to send a bill legalizing gay marriage...

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03/11/2011

So what happened in #MARRYland?

As you've surely heard by now, the Maryland House failed to take a vote on marriage, as they were expected to do today, with the Democratic-controlled chamber instead sending the bill back to the Judiciary Committee. Translation: They didn't have...

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Maryland Del. Hershey: Marriage vote brought to you by letters N-O-M

If one writes MD Delegate Steve Hershey (R) about marriage equality in the state, this is the form letter he or she will get back in return: Why the highlighted text? Oh, well, because: It's the very same line the...

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03/10/2011

Maryland's considerable MassResistance factor

One big, unreported secret out of Maryland is how much influence the far-right, uber-fringe, bathroom-stalking group MassResistance is having on that state's marriage debate. Anecdotally: This writer heard all kinds of MassResistance talking points debated on the House floor. Claims...

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03/09/2011

NOM protects sanctity of electoral bullying

Predictably vindictive: The National Organization of Marriage (NOM) today announced that it will form the “NOM PAC Maryland” in the state. NOM pledges to spend at least $1 million in Maryland to support Democratic State Legislators who cast their votes...

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MD Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio can oppose equality all she wants. But she needs to tell the truth

Just moments ago, Republican delegate (and GOP Minority Whip) Jeannie Haddway-Riccio said this on the state House floor: Absolute lie! Nobody in DC deemed Catholic Charities ineligible -- Catholic Charities higher ups declared their institution unwilling to comply with nondiscrimination!...

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03/04/2011

MD Del. Sam Arora: Poised to put marriage bill to floor, equal rights to majority vote

A referendum is wrong and deserves no one's support. But that will or will not happen regardless of Arora or any other legislator's two cents. So okay, let's do this thing. Grant Maryland's same-sex couples the equal freedoms they deserve,...

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03/02/2011

Reexamining Maryland marriage: What did 'dangerous legislation' look like in 1939?

These days, Maryland social conservatives act as if the state's civil marriage laws cannot, should not, and will not be reexamined through a modern lens, since "traditional marriage" is and has always been an undebatable perfect. They paint the man/woman,...

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Video: Frustration in #MARRYland

Delegate Holds Up House Vote On Gay Marriage [WBAL] It's impossible in 2011 for anyone to "rush" marriage equality. The "rush" boat left the harbor long ago. We are all now playing catchup on this long-denied freedom. Catch up. ***...

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02/27/2011

Did you try to stop a Catholic ceremony this weekend? No? Well that's nice, but...

With marriage equality obtaining passage in the state Senate and expected to do the same in the House, Maryland Catholics are pulling out all stops in order to fulfill their goal of using faith-based theological opinions to halt *CIVIL* rights...

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02/24/2011

25-21!!!!! Maryland Senate passes marriage bill!

*** *And now for my favorite piece of audio from today: Maryland Senators Pugh (D) and Raskin (D) accurately note the definition of marriage, much to Sen. Reilly's (R) chagrin:

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Video: MD Senator can't wait for state to waste millions on unconstitutional vote

The bill hasn't even passed the Senate (tonight, hopefully). But in Maryland, some Republican lawmakers are already fetishizing the potential Prop 8-like referendum that might greet the Old Line State: "You know in the Senate Finance Committee...when a sponsor of...

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02/23/2011

ARCHIVED Audio: Maryland Senators speak now on your peace

***UPDATE: 25-22, bill advances on preliminary vote: Md. marriage bill advances in Senate [Wash Blade] Final passage as soon as tomorrow!!! **Archive of today's debate: 10ishAM-1ishPM EST *SOURCE: Maryland General Assembly ***ALSO: #MARRYland Tweets:

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02/22/2011

In Old Line State, opp. movement fittingly states same old lines

Well we're still having to defend our lives and loves rather than benignly enjoy both. But at least in Maryland, the local opposition to our civil marriage recognition is working from a playbook filled with case law, objective reads of...

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02/21/2011

Keep an eye on NOMMD.org

The National Organization For Marriage is already prepping a Prop 8 redux for Maryland: [Domain Tools] It's either the registration for a forthcoming Maryland referendum (i.e. marriage equality rollback) site, or its a planned coalition of doctors who NOM will...

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Video: Protect marriage from the great 'baby killing/gay military/gay wedding' flood

Uploaded to Protect Marriage Maryland's official YouTube Channel: [Protect Marriage Maryland] Our unions will bring about a flood? Okay, well if rain on one's wedding day is supposed to be good luck, then this just tells us we're in for...

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02/17/2011

MD one step closer to becoming most phonetically logical marriage equality state

EQUALITY MARYLAND APPLAUDS THE PROGRESS OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE Maryland’s LGBT Group Pledges to Keep up the Fight ANNAPOLIS, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 - The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 to favorably report the Religious Freedom and...

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'Capital' columnist calls out NOM push poll; 4 out of 5 NOM staffers unlikely to care

We've already shown you how the guy behind NOM's supposedly trustworthy poll on Maryland marriage, Gary Lawrence, was deep in the pocket of the Prop 8 crowd, distributing a whole host of information that supported the ballot measure more on...

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Lawrence vs. Hexes: The eye-opening spiritual war behind NOM's new Maryland poll

This is the work of Mormon writer and pollster Gary Lawrence: (*forgive the unsightly presentation -- it's an archived copy with dead images) lawrencemeridian This was also the work of Gary Lawrence (though it was originally printed anonymously): Six Consequences...

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02/15/2011

MD appointment: Marriage vote could come before weekend

Coming soon to a Maryland near you: Legislators in Maryland are scheduled to vote on the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act on Thursday, Feb. 17, according to Judicial Proceedings Committee chairman Brian E. Frosh's office. ''It's going to...

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02/14/2011

MassResistance has been futile. So yes, Maryland -- *please* copy their test paper!

Because of a penchant for thoroughly over-the-top activities like covertly filming transgender human beings as they try to use a public restroom in peace, MassResistance has the reputation of being one of the fringe-iest of all the statewide "pro-family" groups....

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02/10/2011

Protect Marriage MD: The 'MD' stands for 'minus droids'

You might remember Robert Broadus from his NOM-loving work at "Protect Marriage MD," where he makes maps tracking which states are most enraging God at this particular moment: [SOURCE] Or you might have seen his past candidacy promoted by folks...

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02/08/2011

Maggie forfeits. We win by default, right? #marryland

From the National Organization For Marriage's Maggie Gallagher: [SOURCE] Okay, M.G. But just don't talk to us about commitment (in more ways than one). *** *We, however, are toughing it out. To follow along live (assuming you have real player)...

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02/07/2011

Pitting the rosary against your ring finger: MD edition

Add Maryland to the growing list of states where the Catholic church is positioning its Sunday bulletin as a suitable place for political advocacy. This one from the South Baltimore parish: 2/6/11 Bulletin [South Baltimore CC] Meanwhile, local gay activists...

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02/02/2011

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

Momentum builds in MD: Sen. 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...

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01/27/2011

Video: MD could prescribe inequality's cure; NOM, allies determined to cancel appointment

Maryland marriage equality seems to be on the horizon. So naturally, the Christian Bible Network is here to give a platform to the same old fears, canards, and false victimization strategies ("they'll tell your kids we're bigots!") that NOM and...

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01/21/2011

A first look at Maryland's 'protect marriage' team: Gays 'hate the Lord', 'defy God'

Right now it's just a holding page. But with a marriage bill making its way through the Maryland legislature and the prospects looking good for equality, it's only a matter of time before this site... http://www.protectmarriagemd.org ...goes live. But as...

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12/09/2010

In country still sickened by bias, will MD help cure what ails us?

It's looking more and more likely that Maryland will soon provide headline writers with phonetically easy puns: A majority of senators on a key committee in Maryland now favor legalizing same-sex marriage, making it increasingly likely that the state will...

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07/21/2010

Video: Ailing NOM not helped by MD

The National Organization For Marriage tried to kick the Courage Campaign's videographer out of their barely-attended rally in Annapolis, MD. But no NOM, big or small (*but in the case of this tour, only small. Very, very small.), is going...

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05/11/2010

Poll: 13 points in 6 years: Father Time proving to be Maryland's best activist

And now, polling data that should care the bejesus out of Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, or any other person who makes a living misconstruing the words "protect" and "traditional" and "family" so that are used as weapons agains gay peoples'...

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02/26/2010

Video: Gay from the horse's mouth

More from the far-right's newest object of obfuscation, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler: Talking always trumps talking points. Unfortunately listening still does not always trump mind-made-upiness. We shift the paradigm, we end this silly "war." **You can read the Gansler...

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Intended comity vs. unintended comedy: NOM begins Gansler dumbing down process

This is how Brian Brown begins his latest NOM communiqué: “Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid in this state.” Who would have thought it would take 55 pages for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler to...

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02/25/2010

Another state's gays gain forced destination wedding right

For those wondering whether yesterday's Attorney General opinion will bring out-of-state marriage recognition to Maryland: Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) declared Wednesday that Maryland will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere and that its agencies should immediately begin affording...

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02/24/2010

Maryland AG opinion: To make Free State slightly more so?

Today in Maryland, state Attorney General Douglas Gansler (pic.) will release an opinion regarding local same-sex couples' right to have their out-of-state unions recognized upon returning home. And according to The Washington Post, who has apparently obtained an advanced copy,...

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02/17/2010

Ya know, because why shouldn't a lawmaker negligently toss around the word impeachment?

You know, most social conservatives at least wait until a public figure has issued an opinion before they start bringing up the idea of impeachment. Oh, but not Maryland's most reliably far-reaching for of the 'mos, Don Dwyer (pic.). The...

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02/01/2010

Audio: Marriage bias is 'Exxxxxcellent,' says Mr. Burns

This is Maryland Delegate Emmett Burns. Why is he frowning? Well, that would be because D.C. gays are likely to start marrying in the coming weeks, and Burns is all kinds of pissed that some of those loving couples might...

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09/09/2008

Legal reassignment: Montgomery Co. law completes transition

Good news out of Montgomery County, Maryland. The state's highest court has ruled that a year old law designed to protect the transgender community from discrimination will not be put up to a referendum, and will instead go into immediate...

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03/13/2008

Hey, Jenny: Some of us actually DO put sincerity above rhetoric

We always see our opposition using the "marriage is all about children" strategy, so that they can play on people's fears that gay marriage would somehow destroy kids' lives. But this little blip from Focus on the Family's Citizenlink (the...

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03/03/2008

Peter's marriage logic: Not even a 'Sprigg' of truth

The Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg recently gave a testimony encouraging the Maryland legislature to pass a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Here's the pertinent sample: If you remember only one thing from my testimony, please remember this: Marriage is...

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02/29/2008

Audio: But what about your bath? Is that off-limits also?

We've told you a couple of times about the ludicrously named "Not My Shower" campaign, in which some Maryland-based anti-LGBT activists are trying to overturn a measure that extends protections to transgender individuals. Well in this newly posted audio from...

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02/27/2008

8 seconds: Opposition sets new judgmental record

A Montgomery County, MD, organization calling itself Citizens For Responsible Government (the ones behind the ridiculous notmyshower.net website) has been trying to overturn a recently passed transgender anti-discrimination bill by using the petition process. And since they need a reason...

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02/11/2008

One kind of MD gays to rally; other kind of MD gays to make lots of money

Tomorrow in Annapolis, more than 500 supporters of marriage equality are expected to attend a rally and Lobby Day at the state capitol. In a related story, our friend Anna Polis is tomorrow expected to take off work and spend...

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02/08/2008

MD marriage debate: Dwyer takes shotgun approach

Maryland House of Delegates member Don Dwyer, one of the state's most out and proud 'mo foes, is this year taking a new approach in his perennial attempts to have same-sex marriage banned in the state. In addition to petitioning...

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01/17/2008

Poll: They should change name to CivilUnionland

According to a new Baltimore Sun poll, 19% of Maryland residents support full gay marriage, 39% oppose marriage equality but support civil unions, 31% think both should be illegal, and 11% have nothing to add to the conversation. This means...

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11/29/2007

$$$$: An MD could make lots of it

A new study from UCLA's Williams Institute indicates that Maryland would see around a $3.2 million annual boost in its economy if the state were to legalize gay marriage: The Impact on Maryland's Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry...

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