House ducks a tough vote on gay marriage

March 14, 2011

The main story on the front page of the March 12 Sun read "Gay-marriage bill at an end." The only thing I could think of was: shame.

Shame on the entire House of Delegates for their pusillanimous act to move the legislation back into the House Judiciary Committee rather than taking a final vote, meaning the 141 delegates avoided putting their positions on the record. Way to take a stand for/against equality and fairness.

I would hope that no one who was going to vote against the bill is a woman, African-American, Catholic, Irish, Jewish, Native American or any other group that had to fight for their equality. I got mine but you can forget yours? How quickly some people forget.

As for Del. Emmett C. Burns saying "Those who want to ride on our coattails are historically incorrect; gay people had not endured the struggles of blacks, had not had crosses burned on their lawns or been thrown in a police wagon," I understand his point, but I don't completely agree with him. If he would Google "History of violence against LGBT people in the United States," he wouldn't find anything about burning crosses, but he would find an awful lot of hate crimes where lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people were killed.

As Del. Curt Anderson, a co-sponsor of the legislation said, "No one is very satisfied right now." I think that's a huge understatement.

David Gosey, Towson

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