Friday, March 11th, 2011
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maryland’s same sex marriage proposal was shelved on Friday, in a setback for gay rights supporters who expected this legislative session to be their best chance to date for passage.
After two hours of debate by the full House of Delegates, the Civil Marriage Protection Act was returned to the committee where it was mired last week.
Gay rights supporters anticipated success this year in a handful of states — Maryland, New York and Rhode Island — due largely to newly elected lawmakers expected to tip the balance in favor of making gay marriage legal.
Maryland legislators on Friday, however, dashed those hopes. In a spirited debate, many African American delegates said they felt pressured to act according to the wishes of their constituency, including black churches opposed to using the word “marriage” to describe same-sex relationships.
“It turns a moral wrong into a civil right,” said Democratic delegate Emmett Burns, Jr..
I am sick and fucking tired of black churches siding with the Taliban Christers who are closer to the KKK than to Jesus when it comes to the civil rights of LGBT/T people, when the same percentage of African american people are LBGT/T as white people are.
They are called Civil Rights because everyone should be entitled to them not just a privileged few.