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Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Comes Out for Marriage Equality in Wake of Obama Remarks

The floodgates continue to open:

Hoyer“One of the first votes I cast as a member of the Maryland State Senate in 1967 was to repeal the anti-miscegenation statute that remained Maryland law. It was a legacy of a discriminatory history of prejudice and segregation. It was my feeling then and now that individuals have a right to choose their partners, and society must accord them that freedom.

“We now confront a variation of that miscegenation issue, and that has been what to call the relationship between two people of the same gender. The word ‘marriage’ has held a specific meaning for centuries as the union between a man and a woman. But it has also meant, in a broader sense, a commitment of one person to another, recognized by each of them and by society.

“I have believed that the phrase ‘civil union’ was an appropriate definition of a relationship that is both different and the same between two people of the same sex. And I have believed strongly that such couples must be treated equally under the law.

“Because I believe that equal treatment is a central tenet of our nation, I believe that extending the definition of marriage to committed relationships between two people, irrespective of their sex, is the right thing to do and will not, in any way, undermine the institution of marriage so important to our society nor impose a threat to any individual marriage. It will, however, extend the respect due to every one of our fellow citizens that we would want for ourselves and our children.”

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  1. Love it!

    So grateful for ppl that focus on Equality as a basic of our American society, instead of getting dragged into religious arguments.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | May 11, 2012 8:43:43 AM

  2. I hope this is a sign that Obama's statement has finally made marriage equality not only politically correct, but politically expedient.

    It's going to be vital that democrats focus hard on getting young people out to vote this November... especially in traditionally moderate states.

    Posted by: sparks | May 11, 2012 8:56:00 AM

  3. love Steny -- he dated my cousin Patricia many moons ago -- and went on to have a great political career -- way to go Steny!

    Posted by: David B. | May 11, 2012 1:47:43 PM

  4. While it's nice to have him on the right side, the definition of marriage isn't being "extended". Marriage will remain the same idea it's always been. Rather, the existing rights of same-sex couples are going to finally be recognized.

    We know these rights already exist, because if they didn't, there would be no need for a Federal Marriage Amendment to eliminate them.

    Posted by: Randy | May 11, 2012 2:18:03 PM

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