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Anti-Gay Maryland Lawmaker: Gay Marriage Vote Made Me Drink

6a00d8341c730253ef017c317b7eec970b-800wiDon Dwyer, the anti-gay GOP Maryland lawmaker who drunkenly crashed his boat and injured four children last August, claims that his separation from his wife and the fact that some of his Republican colleagues voted for marriage equality led him to drink.

From the Capital Gazette:

Pressures at home were met with challenges in the State House.

Dwyer says he felt sold out when Dels. Tiffany Alston, Wade Kach and Bob Costa voted for same-sex marriage, an issue he spent years crusading against. Dwyer told reporters one day before the vote that he had enough support to block the bill.

Kach, a Republican from Baltimore County, and Alston, a former Democrat from Prince George's County, voted against the bill in committee. But Kach changed his vote after hearing testimony from gay couples. Alston shifted her vote after her amendment was adopted.

Kach and Costa, of Deale, were the only two House Republicans to vote for the bill. It passed the House by two votes in February.

"I had no time to do anything," Dwyer said. "Had I known earlier, I could have taken some action."

It was petitioned to the November ballot and passed by 52 percent of voters state wide. Voters in Dwyer's district, however, rejected it.

"That betrayal really affected me," he said. "I was physically ill. You pour your heart into an issue like that and it’s devastating."

Forgive me if I show no sympathy.

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  1. beats Mel Gibson's excuse. "the JEWS made me do it!"

    we get it, sugar.

    you realized your legacy was utter shite.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 13, 2013 1:48:22 AM

  2. Pathetic excuse for a pathetic politician.

    Posted by: Darrell | Jan 13, 2013 2:11:23 AM

  3. "...the fact that some of his Republican colleagues voted for marriage equality led him to drink."

    This is the awesomest excuse for everything ever.

    Posted by: Bollux | Jan 13, 2013 6:10:40 AM

  4. Unfit for public service, plain and simple. Go get some help, dude. No sympathy at all.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Jan 13, 2013 6:28:01 AM

  5. All addicts blame someone or something besides themselves!

    Posted by: billmiller | Jan 13, 2013 7:42:34 AM

  6. Grant you ,it's a lame excuse! If I drank every time Republicans did or did not vote on social issues I would be constantly drunk too!
    Thinking back to the civil rights era... once in a while a few of them seen the light and voted with their conscience and not their constituents. There were many Republics(and a few Democrats)drunks in congress over time and I have to admit this is the first time that I heard it was gay marriage's fault! We gays must be doing something right!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jan 13, 2013 8:44:49 AM

  7. Since so many like him think you can pray the gay away maybe he needs to try and pray the excessive drinking away.

    Posted by: Daniel in MO | Jan 13, 2013 8:45:32 AM

  8. Liar, Idiot and he's gay...

    Posted by: MDC | Jan 13, 2013 9:01:55 AM

  9. This man needs to get a life. Not being able to withhold fundamental rights from someone makes him physically ill? Sorry, that's just sick.

    Posted by: Hunter | Jan 13, 2013 9:15:05 AM

  10. Hurricanes, tornadoes. tsunamis, disease, smoking, drinking, dandruff, hangnails, excess gas, that "not so fresh" feeling. Pick a thing. Gay folks, again. Dayum. We have a lot of incredible power!

    Posted by: Geoff | Jan 13, 2013 9:25:32 AM

  11. How about the fact that he is probably an alcoholic. Stop blaming YOUR problems on OTHERS!

    Posted by: Michael Crawford | Jan 13, 2013 11:13:07 AM

  12. Okay, now you're drinking. TODAY put the plug back into the jug, sit down at your local AA meeting and shut up and listen.

    Posted by: newz4i | Jan 13, 2013 11:19:42 AM

  13. All the more reason to "pour your heart" into something positive, Mr. Dwyer. Actively working to limit the personal freedoms of others is never a worthwhile endeavor.

    Posted by: Rob Zeleniak | Jan 13, 2013 11:44:27 AM

  14. Wow! Not only do we have to power to cause earthquakes and hurricanes, we also have the ability to make erstwhile teetotalers get criminally drunk. Damn, we're good!

    Posted by: jomicur | Jan 13, 2013 12:40:11 PM

  15. Seriously? Losing the gay marriage vote because he "didn't have time to take action" caused him to drink? How freakin' stupid is this fool? And exactly what action would he have taken had he known in advance he was going to lose the vote? Seems that those changing their votes didn't tell him on purpose because he's probably a bully who would have threatened them to vote his way and they didn't want to be bothered. So, now that he has lost his voice on the issue he's turning to the bottle? Maybe it's time for the fool to give up his seat, get some help for his drinking problem and move into the 21st century with the rest of us - a century where marriage equality is going to become the norm and not something that some sleazy backroom politician strong arms others to vote against.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jan 13, 2013 2:42:19 PM

  16. Republicans - the party of liars and whiners.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Jan 13, 2013 3:04:05 PM

  17. Dear OP, you're forgiven.

    Posted by: FlexSF | Jan 13, 2013 3:32:30 PM

  18. For years, the christians have been screaming "the Devil made me do it". Now, they're crying that the gays made them do it. They always need to have someone to blame for their misdeeds. they can never take responsibility for the things they do that are so very wrong. Personally, I think that the main reason the christians hate us is that we own our faults. We don't seek to blame who we are and what we do on anyone else.

    Honey, nobody put that glass in your hand and forced you to drink. You did that all by yourself.

    Posted by: Chutney | Jan 13, 2013 6:58:48 PM

  19. I am very very curious to know what amendment Tiffany Alston got put in the bill to make her finally vote Yes on it?

    Posted by: jad | Jan 13, 2013 7:24:43 PM

  20. so pro-Equality wins can drive a man to drink but anti-Equality bigotry doesn't drive our youth to suicide, eh Buddy?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 13, 2013 7:34:01 PM

  21. He is a real hypocrite. His father is a known Homosexual and his Uncle died fron AIDS...No wonder he is homophobic...Or is he..He may be in the closet and cannot deal with it..

    Posted by: Craig | Feb 28, 2013 6:46:09 PM

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