Politically closeted lesbian Maryland Senator Mikulski on gay marriage in her state
[UPDATE: Mikulski’s against the filibuster re:Alito, more at the end of the post.]
How on earth can a Senator have no opinion on her state’s wrestling with the question of gay marriage? Maryland’s been in the news for the last week after a judge ruled that an anti-same-sex marriage law violated Maryland’s constitutional guarantee of equal rights.
Somehow, Democrat Barbara Mikulski hadn’t found time to issue a comment on all the goings-on. As Mike Rogers over at BlogActive notes, Senator Mikulski was outed in the 90s by Queer Nation, but she has managed to keep herself politically closeted.
So, Mike contacted the Senator’s office to see if we might have missed Mikulski weighing in on the topic.
I was told by Senator Mikulski’s office that there was little chance the Senator would comment since she “usually does not comment on state matters.” “Does not comment on state matters?” Is that some kind of fucking joke? Despite her reply, I asked the press spokesperson to ask the Senator — after all, if there was an “unusual” time this is it.
He finally did get a statement out of her press secretary. Surf over and take a look at the insight and thought Mikulski put into her statement on a major issue being debated in her state.
Mikulski against filibuster
UPDATE: Mikulski, by the way, is one of the Senators georgia10 at DKos has identified that has not announced any support for a filibuster re: Alito. That’s an unacceptable position for this Senator, let alone a lesbian elected official, given what a rightward swing in the composition of the Supreme Court could mean for LGBT citizens.
Mikulski’s line is here: 202-224-4654. You can find the other spineless Dems at the diary. More from georgia10:
Senators Biden, Nelson, Akaka, Landrieu, Dorgan, and Snowe have stated they would likely not support a filibuster. Not a firm stance, like Chaffee, Salazar, Pryor, and Conrad, so there is reason to keep calling them.
Some key things to keep in mind:
Pressure from the blogosphere is working. We’ve seen that with Senator Feinstein changing her mind and voting against cloture.
* Fax. The mailboxes of many Senators are full, as are some of their inboxes. You can fax a filibuster fax to 13 Senators for free over at SaveTheCourt.org.. Their form targets the following Senators: Barack Obama, Christopher Dodd, Joseph Lieberman, Joseph Biden, Richard Durbin, Evan Bayh, Olympia Snowe, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Lincoln Chafee and Russell Feingold. Fax numbers for all senators will be listed in the comments.
* Do They Want A President Or A King?: This should be the talking point, for Judge Alito has made it clear the Presidency has no one to answer to but itself. A vote for Alito is a vote for a man who believes the President can thumb his nose at Congress and at our precious system of checks and balances.
* The American People Oppose Alito.: 56% of Americans say Alito should NOT be confirmed if he will overturn Roe. Alito refused to call Roe “well-settled” law, and has throughout his lifetime taken the legal position that Roe should be eroded and overruled.
* Let our Senators know that a vote for cloture is a vote which silences the will of the American people. And let’s see if we can pull off a little weekend miracle…
* 1-888-355-3588 is the toll-free number for the Capitol Switchboard. Fax numbers for all senators are here.