But with a coterie of moderate Democrats and vocal Republicans opposing any endorsement of gay rights, same-sex marriage isn't quite a done deal. This week, a complication entered the picture, with the Senate's minority leader announcing that he plans to introduce a bill that would create civil unions for gay and straight couples.Kittleman has stated that he wants government "out of the marriage business." As someone who favors privatization of marriage, I see Kittleman's point. Nonetheless, as I have said before, and as Meneses-Sheets would apparently agree, we should not let the perfect that is a way off be the enemy of the good that is within our grasp.
"My goal is to have complete equality," Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) said. In a sense.
If he had his druthers, Kittleman would do away with civil marriage altogether, he said, making it a purely religious institution. But that would have left straight couples high and dry vis-a-vis the federal government, which wouldn't extend the benefits of marriage to those who are merely united civilly.
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But civil unions are a non-starter among Democrats who support gay rights. They are intrigued by Kittleman's embrace of secularism but see no need for half-measures.
"Let's have that discussion," [Morgan] Meneses-Sheets[, director of Equality Maryland,] said. "But in the meantime, we have to provide access to the institution we do have."
Friday, January 7, 2011
An interesting twist on same-sex marriage in Maryland
Maryland, which was deeply socially conservative when I grew up there, may be the second jurisdiction and first actual state south of the Mason-Dixon line to recognize marriage equality for same-sex couples. An interesting twist has arisen in the debate: