Saturday, 10 September 2011

Why the Democrats learned to love same-sex marriage

 "When Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced this summer that he will sponsor a same-sex marriage bill in next year’s legislative session, he heard from Edwin F. O’Brien, the archbishop of Baltimore, who pleaded with the governor to change his mind. “Maryland is not New York,” O’Brien wrote. He urged O’Malley not to allow his position on “the definition of marriage to be determined by mere political expediency.”

And the archbishop is right about something else, too: O’Malley’s announcement, which was lauded by advocates and sympathetic legislators, was testament to a tipping point we have reached in American politics. President Obama may be the last nominee for president from his party who does not openly declare support for same-sex marriage. It is now not only acceptable but encouraged for Democratic politicians with national ambitions to advocate full marriage equality for gay couples.

O’Brien is correct: Maryland is not New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was widely hailed for shepherding a bill legalizing same-sex marriage through his state’s divided legislature in June."

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