The move to legalize “gay” marriage in Maryland now waits for a verdict from the State Senate.
On Friday, traditional marriage advocates watched their majority position erode in the House of Delegates, as several members were convinced to back same-sex unions at the 11th hour.
Delegate Don Dwyer led the effort to preserve traditional marriage in the Old Line State. He explains how Gov. Martin O’Malley used the power of his office to win final passage. Dwyer also rips three trusted colleagues who fought with him on the issue only to be “bought off” in the end.
“It’s one thing to lose an issue because you simply lost it. In this case, it was betrayal by friends and colleagues.
“Two of the votes that were cast against us were from Republicans … and a delegate who has worked with me for the last year on this issue. When I got the rumor she was being bought off, I did not believe it.”
Dwyer also sounds off on multiple elements within the Republican party that fiercely lobbied in favor of “gay” marriage. He also discusses how the bill might fare in the Maryland State Senate and describes the new effort to have Maryland voters ultimately decide the issue through a referendum in November.