Bil Browning

Maryland Guv Will Do Something Finally

Filed By Bil Browning | July 18, 2011 3:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Andrew Cuomo, marriage equality, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, New York, same-sex marriage

After being stung by the countless comparisons to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Maryland's Guv, Martin O'Malley, will finally get off his ass Marylandand help pass a marriage equality bill. Cuomo famously led the charge for marriage equality in the Empire State. O'Malley sat on his hands as same-sex marriage went down in flames in his state.

"I certainly plan to be very active in support of it, and we'll have other announcements in upcoming months," O'Malley said at the National Governors Association meeting in Salt Lake City.

O'Malley has long supported civil unions and has said that if lawmakers passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, he would sign it.

But Friday marks the first time O'Malley has made same-sex unions a legislative priority.
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"I think we can learn from what they did," O'Malley said. "One of the things we're looking at in the drafting is how their clauses with regard to religious freedom were different from ours. That might improve our efforts."

Know what would improve "our" efforts? If "we" did something, you know, together.


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QueerMage | July 18, 2011 3:17 PM

Protections for trans people in Maryland (including public accommodations)?

As seems to be the necessary prelude: I'm totally happy to fully support my LGB brothers and sisters in their fight for marriage equality..

OK, now that I have that out of the way, as long as the LGb has a thing they want - no matter what it is - it will take legislative precedence over anything trans related. So, to directly answer your question: Fat chance.

Mark my words, GENDA will be introduced. There will also me a bit of action taken initially to keep up appearances. The closer it gets to a final vote the less we will hear about it. Finally, it will die a lonely death as the LGB noise machine drowns out even pointed questions about the status of GENDA. Kinda like NY this year, with the likely addition that GEBDA will be sacrificed to pass marriage like NH in 2009.

That's how ESPA.. I mean EQMD seems to operate.

Protections for trans people in Maryland (including public accommodations)?
You've got to be kidding. It's All Gay Marriage, All the Time.

To state the obvious. Once more.

Leigh Anne | July 18, 2011 3:34 PM

The governor has already said thqat he wants it to go to a voter referendum after passage. And Maryland has some of the most conservative Democrats you'll ever meet. Outside of Baltimore and the D.C suburbs, it's full of rednecks. And Republicansw who wouldn't vote for God if he was on the Democratic ticket.

As far as trans protections in MD go, I'm going to have Dana Beyer on my show next Thursday (7/28) to talk about Gender Rights Maryland and give us an update on the MD trans rights effort.

I can tell you this though: After the Chrissy Polis beating, O'Malley came out in favor of of trans protections, something he didn't do last session. Will it help? I'll ask Dana what she thinks next Thursday.

Om Kalthoum | July 18, 2011 6:27 PM

Same sheisse. Same cast of characters. Different thread. Quelle surprise!

I hope you'll continue to keep us informed about marriage equality despite the graffiti which inevitably appears. When will you be instituting a Bilerico Beautification Program? No pressure washers or cover-up paint required; just hit delete.

Your attendance and dismissive snark makes it complete... just need Jay to pop in and chastise trans women for not being appropriately deferential to our great LGB saviors and obvious betters...

Let's be honest Governor O'Malley was very little help on the marriage equality bill or the trans protection bill this last go around. His wishy-washy I will sign a bill if it comes to my desk was extremely weak. Of course he has higher aspirations and he sees the positive press Gov. Cuomo is getting and now all of a sudden he's going to jump on the band wagon. The plus is the governor in MD wields a good amount of power so if he is serious and we will see it could help. Frankly I don't have a lot of faith in him. I can't wait to our attorney general Doug Gansler a true ally runs for governor.