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MD State Senator Reverses Opinion, Now Supports Marriage Equality

Democratic Maryland State Senator James Brochin, who up until now had been against marriage equality, has completely changed his position. He'll now be one of the 21 state senators who support Maryland's marriage equality bill.

Jb Brochin made the announcement during an appearance on a radio show on 630 WMAL:

"I'm not going to be a part of the vilification of gays on the senate floor...The people who are against the bill, all they did was demonize homosexuality, call them pedophiles, androids, and I just, I can’t oppose the bill and be on the same side as people who would do that.I t’s destructive, it’s insulting to the same-sex families who are trying to raise their kids.”

Before changing his mind, Brochin had supported civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. The state's marriage equality bill needs 24 votes to pass. Six state senators (all Democrats) are either undecided or have not publicly stated their position on the issue.

Testimony for and against marriage equality in Maryland has been in progress all week. We heard the wingnuts use human/robot marriage as a reason to not allow same-sex couples to marry. The week also saw Maggie Gallagher testify though NOM President Brian Brown wasn't very optimistic about her impact.

"Despite Maggie's powerful testimony, we know this committee today was stacked against us, and we expect the legislation to be on the Senate floor as early as next week."

Watch a short clip of her stale argument , AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Excellent! I’ll be sure and thank the senator for his vote:

    (Oh, and thank you, too, Maggie --ha-haaa!)

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 12, 2011 8:30:31 AM

  2. Thank you, Brochin. Come on, Maryland. Almost there.

    Posted by: Max | Feb 12, 2011 9:26:32 AM

  3. You know what? I'm really happy to read the reason he changed his mind. It's because those anti-gay wingnuts are so polarizing, negative, and mean spirited. They are shooting themselves in the foot, and that's a good thing.

    Posted by: PriceCut | Feb 12, 2011 9:39:40 AM

  4. Was 'Gag-me' Galagher EVER an effective speaker? No. Just another dimwitted sow pretending to be human. Hear that? Its the sweet melodic call of the pig farmer; Maggie, your feed bag is ready. 'sooo-eeee' 'sooo-eeee'

    Posted by: New jersey boi | Feb 12, 2011 10:02:20 AM

  5. See, this is why we let the bigots keep on talking. The more they run their mouths, the more reasonable people go "Oh my god, I can't support THAT" and switch sides. The more they talk, the more they expose the ugly truth behind their hate speech, and the more transparent their motives become.

    Posted by: Sonneillon | Feb 12, 2011 10:04:06 AM

  6. Yes, the best way to get reasonable people on our side is to keep telling our rational truths while letting the bigots air their irrational, delusional, homophobic nonsense. That's when basically decent people like Sen. Brochin see the light.

    And, Steve: Thank you for using "marriage equality" in the headline instead of the erroneous term "gay marriage." Words matter, too!

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 12, 2011 10:40:16 AM

  7. He's scary...

    Posted by: chester12 | Feb 12, 2011 10:52:58 AM

  8. Mike White's doppelganger?

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 12, 2011 11:01:45 AM

  9. "Mike White's doppelganger?"

    Christ, I came here to see if anyone else noticed it. Nice one.

    Posted by: Zach | Feb 12, 2011 12:18:25 PM

  10. So with this guy #21, how many Senators have committed to vote in favor of same sex marriage? One Republican lost his job as minority leader by coming out in favor of it. Is he already counted in the 20, or where all those democrats?

    Posted by: Drake | Feb 12, 2011 12:21:54 PM

  11. people are quickly coming around to the realization that NOM's and other anti-marriage equality organization's "because i said so" brand of argument doesn't hold any substance. as vaughn walker in california pointed out, they fail to present an argument that's backed up with any evidence.

    Posted by: alguien | Feb 12, 2011 12:57:01 PM

  12. "androids"?

    Posted by: Tranquilo | Feb 12, 2011 2:30:53 PM

  13. Looks like he's relieving himself in his pants.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 12, 2011 3:46:38 PM

  14. I am so glad the Senator explained his reason for changing his vote. The haters are destroying themselves with their continued vile attacks. The majority of Americans are reasonable and do not want to be associated with this type of cruel/stupid bigotry. We still have a long education process to reach these people but if we can resist the urge to stoop to the level of our attackers we will win. All successfull civil rights movements are based on winning over the vast middle. HEARTS AND MINDS !!!

    Posted by: Plaintom | Feb 12, 2011 5:02:34 PM

  15. Here are the 6 Democrat senators still on the fence in Maryland. If you live in Maryland, call all of them and ask them to support marriage equality by voting for the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act. If you know someone who lives in Maryland, ask them to give these 6 a call. We need at least 3 of them to vote for marriage equality.

    Maryland Senators who said in interviews that they are undecided (6):

    Sen. John C. Astle (D-Anne Arundel)
    Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore)
    Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's)
    Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer (D-Baltimore County)
    Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County)
    Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Prince George's)

    Contact information:

    Sen. John C. Astle (D-Anne Arundel)
    (410) 841-3578, (301) 858-3578
    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3578 (toll free)
    fax: (410) 841-3156, (301) 858-3156

    Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore)
    (410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145
    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3145 (toll free)
    fax: (410) 841-3957, (301) 858-3957
    2831 Hillen Road, Baltimore, MD 21218
    (410) 467-7125; fax: (410) 467-6692

    Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's)
    (301) 858-3127, (410) 841-3127
    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3127 (toll free)
    fax: (301) 858-3733, (410) 841-3733

    Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer (D-Baltimore County)
    (410) 841-3653, (301) 858-3653
    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3653 (toll free)
    fax: (410) 841-3850, (301) 858-3850
    5205 East Drive, Suite H, Arbutus, MD 21227
    (410) 242-5699; fax: (410) 242-5304

    Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County)
    (410) 841-3620, (301) 858-3620
    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3620 (toll free)
    fax: (410) 841-3085, (301) 858-3085
    4100 Walter Ave., Baltimore, MD 21236
    (410) 256-1353; fax: (410) 256-0319

    Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Prince George's)
    (410) 841-3141, (301) 858-3141
    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3141 (toll free)
    fax: (410) 841-3195, (301) 858-3195

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Feb 13, 2011 7:07:01 AM

  16. We're fighting for marriage equality. Please vote for us! Love At First Wink !!!

    Posted by: Robbie & Allen | Feb 14, 2011 1:12:22 AM

    Gays and lesbian may receive equal marriage rights soon.

    Updated, 4:35 p.m. Feb. 14: Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County) just said in an interview that she, too, plans to vote for the same-sex marriage bill. Her support would create the 24 votes needed for passage in the Senate. "I think it's just the fair thing to do," Klausmeier said.

    Original Post at 3:57 PM ET, 02/14/2011: A prominent Maryland state senator said Monday that he will support legalizing same-sex marriage, bringing the bill to within one vote of the number needed for passage in his chamber.
    Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer (D-Baltimore County) said in an interview that he saw "no reason to deny the right" to gay couples to marry. Kasemeyer, chairman of the Budget and Taxation Committee, said his view was long held but that he had chosen to wait to share it publicly. His district also includes part of Howard County.
    With Kasemeyer's support, 22 senators have now pledged to vote for the same-sex marriage bill, which needs 24 votes for passage. A 23rd senator, Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore), has said she will vote for the bill if she believes it will pass.
    Four other senators have either said they are undecided or have not declared their position.
    Story at:

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Feb 14, 2011 5:48:05 PM

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