Well, Of Course That’s The Bill They Will Be Pushing

From Queer Channel Media:

Members of the Maryland Legislature joined LGBT activists at a news conference at the state capitol in Annapolis Tuesday to formally launch a campaign to pass a same-sex marriage bill that backers introduced the previous week.

The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act is expected to come up for a committee hearing in the State Senate the first week of February and likely will be sent to the Senate floor for debate and a vote as soon as Feb. 7, according to sources familiar with the measure.

LGB……..T?

Maybe.

Sen. Rob Garagiola (D-Mont. County), the Senate Majority Leader and a sponsor of the marriage bill, told the gathering that gay and straight couples are “no different” in their capacity to love one another.

“It’s time that the rights already enjoyed by many who can obtain a marriage license in Maryland are enjoyed by all regardless of gender and sexual orientation,” he said.

Meanwhile, any half of any such couple who is trans will continue to have the honor of subsisting as a third-class citizen in Maryland – able wake up every day knowing that the non-trans half of the couple is legally superior.

Morgan Meneses-Sheets, executive director of the statewide LGBT group Equality Maryland, the lead advocate for the bill, said another copy of the identical bill was introduced in the House of Delegates Tuesday with 56 sponsors, including Barve, whose name was not on the first House bill introduced last week.

“This is the bill we will be pushing,” she said. “It’s very common to introduce more than one bill. It happens all the time.”

While the second and third sentences are true and the first probably just refers to those, those who can will not admit that she also likely said more than she intended to with that first sentence.

Of course that’s the bill they will be pushing.

Equality Maryland and the national same-sex marriage advocacy group Freedom to Marry jointly sponsored the Tuesday news conference.

I wonder…

How much effort is Freedom to Marry putting into the ‘effort’ to remove the right of Maryland’s gays and lesbians to discriminate against trans people?

Is Freedom to Marry willing to accept failure on the gay marriage bill in return for removal of the right of Maryland’s gays and lesbians to discriminate against trans people?

And in a related development, O’Malley released his legislative agenda for the 2011 session of the legislature that includes at least 15 bills addressing a variety of issues, including healthcare, gun control, child welfare and promotion of electric vehicles.

Missing from O’Malley’s legislative agenda are the marriage bill and a separate bill expected to be introduced this year to ban employment discrimination against transgender residents.

Asked why O’Malley didn’t include the marriage and transgender bills in his agenda list, his press secretary, Shaun Adamec, said in an e-mail that the governor includes only those bills he introduces himself in his agenda list. Adamec said O’Malley supports additional bills that members of the legislature introduce and that he fully supports and plans to sign both the marriage bill and transgender rights bill.

“The Governor has been very clear that achieving equity for all Marylanders continues to be a priority of his,” Adamec said.

There’s a lot of forgetfulness afoot – including the Blade forgetting to mention that a certain Maryland legislator ‘forgot’ to include the trans bill on his ‘agenda.’

Same-sex couples are now free to marry in five states and next door in the District of Columbia, as well as a dozen countries worldwide,” he said. “And in each of these places, the sky has not fallen….

And yet, trans people are covered by the anti-discrimination laws in a dozen states.  Doesn’t the philosophy of ‘incremental progress’ and the theology of St. Barney-ism dictate that that is more of a political trend than gay marriage?  That that should be what’s pushed instead of something that has never survived any voter referendum anywhere?

All gay marriage, all the time…

All gay marriage, all the time…

All gay marriage, all the time…

All gay marriage, all the time…

All gay marriage, all the time…

All gay marriage, all the time…

All gay marriage, all the time…

2 Responses to Well, Of Course That’s The Bill They Will Be Pushing

  1. Kathleen says:

    You take, Zathras die. You leave, Zathras die. Either way, it is bad for Zathras.

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