Thursday, February 16, 2012

BREAKING: Two New Votes for Marriage Equality: // THANK YOU: Delegates Pam Beidle & Johnny Olszewski

The Baltimore Sun reports that marriage equality supporters have two new allies in the Maryland House of Delegates:
Two religious Democrats, Pam Beidle and Johnny Olszewski, both said this afternoon that they would support Gov. Martin O'Malley's same-sex marriage bill. Both had expressed concerns about the legalization for religious reasons.

Beidle, a Catholic, said she made up her mind this morning when a gay constituent explained that her son could not attend a charter school in the county because she does not have a marriage certificate. "I'm very disappointed in the school," Beidle said. "It has just pushed me over."

Beidle rarely speaks on the floor, but said she told her colleagues about the letter and her decision during a Democratic caucus meeting this morning.

Olszewski, a United Methodist, also was uncertain about this bill and pressed O'Malley to make religious protections stronger this year.

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