Now that's the way to do it!
“As someone who was raised to believe in traditional marriage, it does not mean others cannot have different beliefs. I recognize [civil union] laws don’t cover all the benefits and all the rights that could and should be accrued to same sex couples.”
— Kweisi Mfume, former congressman and one of the leading Democratic candidates for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat.
Maryland Senate candidate Kweisi Mfume dares to do what all the spineless Dems will not — come out strong in support of gay civil equality. He was at first tentative about taking a position on same-sex marriage last year, but he is loud and clear now. (Wash Blade):
Leading Maryland Senate candidate Kweisi Mfume supports equal marriage rights for gay couples, he told the Blade Monday.
Maryland has been pushed into the national spotlight since the Baltimore Circuit Court ruled Friday that it was unconstitutional to prohibit gays and lesbians from marrying. The decision is being appealed.
…Gay marriage is a difficult religious and philosophical issue, Mfume said on Monday. However, governments must respect equal protection for all people regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, he said.
“Are we prepared to give that equal protection to all people?” he said. “I don’t know how the courts could have come up with any decision than what they did.”
In the rest of the Dem field, the Blade reports that Congressman Ben Cardin, supports civil unions but has not taken a position on gay marriage; he does oppose an amendment to the state’s constitution. Lise Van Susteren, another Dem, backs full marriage rights for gay couples. None of the others have taken a position.
Michael Steele (here with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.). Photo: Baltimore Sun
Trying to ride the fence is Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who also avoided the issue, saying that it was a state matter. He did, however attend the same Defend Maryland Marriage rally calling for a constitutional amendment that Don Dwyer did. [See my earlier post on Defend Maryland Marriage.]