Great news coming out of Maryland! From Fox 5’s report:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 Thursday, in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland, and added a clause designed to protect religious groups from having to perform gay marriage ceremonies or provide services for the weddings.
That sets the stage for the full Senate to vote next week, though that could be a close vote.
The proposal has the support of seven of the committee’s 11 members. A vote by the full Senate is expected to be close: 23 senators have pledged their support, 24 are needed to advance the bill to the House. Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, has said he would sign the measure into law if it reaches his desk.
If approved, Maryland would become the sixth state in the nation to certify same-sex marriages.
Metro DC PFLAG’s Advocacy Chair, David Fishback, was on Fox 5 News last night, squaring off against the Family Research Council‘s Peter Sprigg regarding the vote in the Maryland Senate. Yes, that’s the same Family Research Council that was recently identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Here’s the video:
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Well done David! It was also wonderful to see Fox’s moderator, citing decades of APA studies and APA policy statement, to confront Mr. Sprigg on his blatant lies regarding the ability of same-sex parents to raise children. The APA, unlike the Family Research Council, is a legitimate scientific and professional organization that represents the field of psychology. The APA uses (as David points out in the segment) peer reviewed, valid scientific research, whereas the Family Research Council uses wildly discredited nonsense that can hardly be called research.
Thank you David, and thank you Fox 5 for making sure the truth won out on live television.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When a House panel killed a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in state hiring last month, its chairman said that if it were really a problem people would be lined up out the door of the meeting to testify about it.
On Tuesday, such a line extended from the doors of a small conference room for people hoping to testify in favor of a similar proposal that passed out of the Senate last week.
It didn’t make a difference.
The Republican-controlled House General Laws subcommittee voted to kill Sen. Donald McEachin’s bill Tuesday and another one that would have allowed the State Department of Human Resources to examine extending health benefits to same-sex partners.
The link to the full article is here. I guess Virginia is only for straight lovers.
How about the Family Research Council’s website. Excuse me while I go blow my nose…either I’m getting a cold, or I’m allergic to homophobia.
-David the Intern