Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger Announces Support for Marriage Equality (Question 6) at Debate // How Now Elijah Cummings?

Maryland Juice was recently trolling the news and noticed that Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger appears to have endorsed marriage equality (Question 6). WBAL recently covered a candidates debate between the 2nd Congressional District's Democratic incumbent and his GOP challenger State Senator Nancy Jacobs. They captured the noteworthy comments below on the Dream Act (Question 4) and marriage equality:
WBAL: "What that amnesty, or whatever you want to call it, gives them the ability to education themselves. I want them to get educated and be made legal because we need their tax money to help with the deficit and our country. That's who we are as Americans," Ruppersberger said.

Ruppersberger pointed to his long deliberation about gay marriage as evidence that he doesn't toe the party line.

"I prayed about it. I did whatever I thought I needed to do, and in the end, I decided -- a very tough decision for me -- to come out in favor of it because I worried about discrimination," Ruppersberger said.

Notably, Ruppersberger was listed as undecided on marriage equality as recently as last July. This would make Rep. Elijah Cummings the only Democrat in Maryland who is running for U.S. House or Senate who has not endorsed a "vote for" Question 6.

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