Former Republican U.S. Represenative Wayne Gilchrest, who lost the GOP primary last year after 18 years in office, testified before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee yesterday on behalf of marriage equality advocates, the Baltimore Sun reports:
"Gilchrest came out of political retirement to share a personal view of
the issue — his brother David is gay and married to his longtime
partner in Massachusetts. Gilchrest, who opposed changing the U.S.
Constitution to ban gay marriage, argued that the unions should be
allowed as a matter of 'social justice, civil rights and a more viable
Gilchrest was joined by Travis Britt, an African-American civil rights activist and widower of the late Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt. Said Britt: "Any couple in love should have the right to marry. Civil
rights for gays and lesbians are just as important as civil rights for
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler also testified in favor of marriage equality.
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