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February 14, 2011

V-Day gift for gay advocates: Kasemeyer will support same-sex marriage

Sen. Edward Kasemeyer said this afternoon that he will support the controversial same-sex marriage bill, giving the measure 22 of the 24 votes it would need to clear the senate.

Kasemeyer, a Democrat who represents Howard and Baltimore counties, had not previously said how he planned to vote on the bill. Many had believed he would not support it because he represents a conservative area.

His pledge means there are five senators who either have not decided how they will vote or have declined to share their position publicly. (See full vote list after the jump.)

This year changes in a key senate panel delivered advocates the best chance they've ever had to legalize same-sex marriage. They believe that they have the 29 votes needed to cut off debate in the chamber and vote. The bill is expected to be voted out of committee this Thursday.

Advocates for the bill will shower legislators with carnations following an afternoon rally to support the bill. One organizer estimated that roughly 700 flowers will be distributed to various senators.

Each flower represents a phone call made to the senator on behalf of the bill. In some districts nobody called, and those senators will be empty handed this evening. Senators not receiving flowers include: Sen. Anthony Muse, who opposes the bill; and Sens. Nancy King and Verna Jones-Rodwell, who are cosponsors. Sen. Ulysses Currie, who has not yet decided how he will vote, will not receive a flower.

Next week, when the bill is expected to come to the senate floor, the Catholic Conference will hold their lobby day. They oppose the legislation.
Question: Do you intend to vote for or against the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act?

Question: Do you intend to vote for or against the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act?

Sen. James Brochin, Baltimore County Democrat
Sen. Bill Ferguson, Baltimore Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Jennie Forehand, Montgomery County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Brian Frosh, Montgomery County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Rob Garagiola, Montgomery County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Lisa Gladden, Baltimore Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Verna Jones, Baltimore Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, Baltimore and Howard counties Democrat
Sen. Delores Kelley, Baltimore County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Nancy King, Montgomery County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Republican
Sen. Richard Madaleno, Montgomery County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Roger Manno, Montgomery County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, Baltimore Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Karen Montgomery, Montgomery County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Paul Pinsky, Prince George's County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, Baltimore Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Victor Ramirez, Prince George's County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Jamie Raskin, Montgomery County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. James Robey, Howard County Democrat
Sen. Ronald Young, Frederick County Democrat (sponsor)
Sen. Bobby Zirkin, Baltimore County Democrat (sponsor)

Sen. Joanne Benson, Prince George's County Democrat
Sen. David Brinkley, Carroll and Frederick counties Republican
Sen. James Brochin, Baltimore County Democrat
Sen. Richard Colburn, Eastern Shore Republican
Sen. James DeGrange, Anne Arundel County Democrat
Sen. Roy Dyson, Southern Maryland Democrat
Sen. George Edwards, Western Maryland Republican
Sen. Joseph Getty, Baltimore and Carroll counties Republican
Sen. Barry Glassman, Harford County Republican
Sen. Nancy Jacobs, Harford and Cecil counties Republican
Sen. J.B. Jennings, Baltimore and Harford counties Republican
Sen. James Mathias, Eastern Shore Democrat
Sen. Thomas Middleton, Charles County Democrat
Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller, Prince George's and Calvert counties Democrat
Sen. C. Anthony Muse, Prince George's County Democrat
Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters, Prince George's County Democrat
Sen. E.J. Pipkin, Eastern Shore Republican
Sen. Edward Reilly, Anne Arundel County Republican
Sen. Christopher Shank, Washington County Republican
Sen. Bryan Simonaire, Anne Arundel County Republican
Sen. Norman Stone, Baltimore County Democrat

No public position/Undecided
Sen. John Astle, Anne Arundel County Democrat
Sen. James Brochin, Baltimore County Democrat (supports)
Sen. Joan Carter Conway, Baltimore Democrat
Sen. Ulysses Currie, Prince George's County Democrat
Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, Baltimore and Howard counties Democrat (supports)
Sen. Katherine Klausmeier, Baltimore County Democrat
Sen. James Rosapepe, Prince George's County Democrat
Posted by Annie Linskey at 1:08 PM | | Comments (15)
Categories: General Assembly 2010


Slowly but surely..........

If you ever vote for a Democrat believing that they will actually do the right thing on issues like same-sex marriage, you will be sorely disappointed. Gay marriage is just one of many issues that the Dems will throw Christian voters under the bus over. If you care about these issues (from a conservative viewpoint), then you simply cannot be a Christian and a Democrat. Plain and simple.

Congratulations and THANK YOU to Sen. Edward Kasemeyer for his courage and conviction to support this important legislation. As a gay couple who have been "married" for 29 years, we look forward to the day when we will be able to take the quotation marks away and say that we are married. This will give us all of the same rights as other Americans. This is NOT a religious issue and the Catholic church should stay out of it. Separation of Church and State is a hallmark of our democracy. We have no desire to have a church authority validate our marriage. This is a contract between us and the State of Maryland, not a religion. The Catholic Church does not have the authority to grant us access to each other in a hospital. It does not have the power to allow for easy transfer of property when a spouse passes on. Like Glenda the Good Witch said, "You have no power here."

Not surprising. Kasemeyer was one of Equality Maryland's first endorsements this past summer.

Accordingly to Equality Maryland, "The minimum criteria for endorsement by the Equality Maryland PAC includes ... support for EQMD’s two key legislative priorities ... marriage for same sex couples."

You can pretty much always count on Mike Miller to be on the wrong side of history on every issue.

Steve's comments must be the most moronic I have heard to date. So hate, prejudice, and bigotry are Christian values? The Jesus I learned about stated "judge not" and "those without sin cast the first stone." Your seem very judgemental and the stones you throw are boulders. This is about equal rights. It is about love. It is about the American Constitution; not religious dogma and prejudice. Americans that actually believe in the Constitution cannot be against this; it is only relious bigotry and personal stupidity that fuels the opponents. I would say those voting against it do not deserve to be in elected office as they are breaking their oaths to support the Constitution that demands equal rights for all citizens.

It bothers me to no end that you insist that I cannot be a Christian and have political views! It’s one of the major reasons that churches have trouble with attendance. The insistence that every little thing you do is somehow related to your belief in God. I believe that the State has no authority to prevent two people from acknowledging that they want to have a lifetime commitment with each other. I also believe that Christ died for my sins. I don’t believe that God will judge me for what I eat, who my friends are, or how open I am to using my God given ability to reason and entertain issues and questions of all sorts. I can be, and am, a Democrat and a Christian. I would ask you, to honor God, to respect God, by using the brain that he gave you. Use the gifts that God gave you and tell me, what is the social harm in allowing same sex couples to marry? If you do not believe that God will honor that relationship in the next life, then you are entitled to that belief. If your heart calls you to that belief then perhaps that is the work of God. Other people may not feel that way. Two people who love each other often feel as though God put them together, and perhaps that is the case, that is what they feel in their hearts. There is no evidence in the world that will make them believe that their feelings for one another come from some other source. Regardless of their gender.
I for one am PROUD that Maryland will have marriages as opposed to civil unions! This is the civil rights issue of our generation. Just yesterday I was looking at photos of the desegregation of Gwynn Oaks and the turmoil that surrounded that. The “race mixers,” were called communists and immoral. They were accused of allowing that government to mess things up and that the rights of certain people were being put ahead of the rights of others. This will happen, in 50 years we will look back on this and wonder how was it that so many people were so against it.

courage? What is courageous about it?
It would be more courageous to vote against it seeing the hate spewed forth by the radical homosexuals who posted their hate filled diatribes on these pages last week.

Ray, not all Christians are intolerant. If you believe that being gay is a sin, then you should pray for them; not spew hate.

Hate is NOT a family value, just ask Jesus; he will tell you.

Steve, Any day I would rather be a Democrat than your kind of Christian.

Yes! Only two more votes until we can secure true religious freedom for everyone in Maryland. Yes, I said religious freedom. No one's trying to force churches opposed to same-sex marriage to perform ceremonies, but those churches and religious organizations that DO support marriage equality (mine included) should be able to perform those marriages in accordance with their own religious beliefs. Congratulations to Kasemeyer--now we need to make sure at least two of the remaining five undecideds vote the right way.

Another idiot who follows the political winds whereever they blow.

It seems like this has become a debate on whether its a religious issue or a civil rights issue. And neither party will concede. Though I throw this out...The state of Maryland already allows same sex partners to visit each other in the hospital. And they can make funeral arrangements. This was Senate bills passed in 2008. Current law allows for anyone to create a will to distribute their assets to whomever on death. The Feds have ruled that marriage is between a man and a woman in the Defense of Marriage Act. So if there is a civil rights issue its at the federal level.
The main difference between the two groups is that those who think its a civil rights problem say that homosexuals can not change who they are and those who say its a religious issue say that God can change anyone.

The biological intent of the creator is patently obvious. Only with regard to sexual perversion do people err on use of the parts of the human body. It would not be considered normal for one to try to use his eyes to listen more closely, his ears to discern tactile definition, or for him to injest food in an orifice other than the mouth though others do lead to the stomach. Homosexuality is not normal and a violation of the natural law inbued in the conscience of man, a defect of conscientious strength. May God have mercy on their souls and enable us to edure the resultant wrath of their transgressions.


I am not a religious person, but I would posit that your god made me, a Gay man, just as surely as he made you (I presume) a heterosexual man. What we do with our gifts is up to us, though.

My homosexuality is just as "natural" and "normal" as is your heterosexuality. Just because someone doesn't care for oysters on the half-shell, for example, doesn't make a taste for them "unnatural" or "abnormal." That is, unless you adhere to the rules set out in your Bible. And I know you, as an observant Christian obey all those rules. Except the ones about pork chops...

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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