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Maryland Lawmaker to Attempt Impeachment of Attorney General Doug Gansler Over Gay Marriage Opinion

Maryland State Delegate Donald Dwyer Jr. plans to bring impeachment charges Wednesday against Attorney General Douglas Gansler over his opinion that the state would recognize same-sex marriages legal elsewhere.

Dwyer The NYT reports: "Mr. Dwyer said that Mr. Gansler overstepped his authority in issuing a legal opinion last month saying the state would recognize same-sex marriages from other places and ordering state agencies to give gay married couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. Mr. Gansler’s opinion does not change the law, but it was meant to guide state officials. The impeachment matter is most likely to be dismissed by the House speaker, Michael E. Busch, a Democrat. If so, Mr. Dwyer has said he will probably call for a ruling from the full House, which is controlled by Democrats."

Dwyer discussed his plans at the beginning of March but did not say when he would proceed. At the time, Gansler's office issued this statement: "The Maryland Constitution explicitly states that a ‘court of law’ is the forum for proceedings to remove an Attorney General."

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  1. First to say it: dude's gay.

    Posted by: Pender | Mar 30, 2010 9:33:02 PM

  2. isn't impeachment only supposed to be used in cases in which something illegal has actually taken place? it doesn't seem to me that a ruling on gay marriage is against the law.

    Posted by: alguien | Mar 30, 2010 10:37:17 PM

  3. I have never understood how the "Full faith and credit" clause in the constitution doesn't apply to gay marriages, since it applies to every other contract in the US.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 30, 2010 10:47:38 PM

  4. Dwyer is grandstanding and using us to gain political points. Shameless and disgusting.

    @ STEVE: yes, the full faith and credit clause of the US Constitution does apply to same sex marriage, but! DOMA is in place and DOMA has not been challenged so it remains the law of the land.

    It is just this kind of legal confusion that the FF&CC was meant to avoid, so it helps our case to show the SCOTUS how messed up the current situation is.

    Here's the logic: to respect states rights (federalism), we must accept marriage equality in the states that have made it so; to end the legal patchwork and confusion, the FF&CC must be used to force states to recognize these marriages.

    I'm not a lawyer, but that's how I see it.

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 30, 2010 11:19:23 PM

  5. Um, guy looks like a Bookstore troll.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 31, 2010 12:49:28 AM

  6. GAY FACE.

    Posted by: MarkDC | Mar 31, 2010 1:35:51 AM

  7. That's not "gay face." It's gross face. I could easily see it on a sex offender registry.

    Posted by: HomoDM | Mar 31, 2010 8:26:04 AM

  8. Interesting that Dwyer supports Maryland HB-52 which specifies that a "that a license to carry a regulated firearm, including a concealed regulated firearm, issued by Delaware, Pennsylvania, or Virginia to an individual is valid in Maryland," but my marriage license from another state should NOT be valid. I just keep asking myself, "WWJD?"

    Dwyer is a far right-wing, extremist, nut-job who only won by 20-something votes in the last general election. He's losing the support of even his own party due to his extremist views. Most, if not all, of the bills he introduces year after year never even make it out of committee. He's a complete waste of taxpayer money!

    Let's hope he loses in the next election, and then he can go back to hanging out in the Home Depot and K-Mart restrooms.

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 31, 2010 8:36:58 AM

  9. I don't think Dwyer is gay. He is obviously being a media whore in order to try and boost his standing for political gain. No, he's not gay but I do wonder how many small children he might have molested during his lifetime...

    Posted by: NancyBoyDrew | Mar 31, 2010 8:57:52 AM

  10. He's doing nothing but wasting the legal system's time. It would be a lot more efficient if he just issued a press release that said, "I hate gay people."

    Posted by: Dusty | Mar 31, 2010 10:51:56 AM

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