So Maryland First Lady (and Judge, don't forget) Katie O'Malley made headlines last week when she said that gay marriage failed in the Maryland House of Delegates last year because of some "cowards." This is reported in this article.
Well, was she wrong?
The opposition to the bill last year was most curious. One could expect delegates of both parties from rural areas to be queasy about supporting the legislation. But what was really odd, and disturbing, was the opposition by numerous African-American delegates. What, are no African-Americans gay? And as to the argument about African-American churches holding the keys to the seats in some of these districts....wow, really? I thought we were past the point in American (certainly Maryland) politics where elected officials were beholden to a church?
Frankly, Mrs. O'Malley, I think "cowards" was too mild a term to use. And we'll see if any of these delegates acquire a shred of backbone this year, as the same legislation makes its way through the Assembly.