Social conservatives are sure racking up a lot of victories for an issue that is supposedly a political liability and a loser at the ballot box. After winning 61% against gay marriage and civil unions in North Carolina, one might think that it’s just those intolerant homophobic states in the south that are so out of touch to think that marriage should actually consist of …gasp..a man and a woman. Well, let’s take a trip to Maryland, often regarded as the most Democrat state in the country.
Earlier this year, with the help of two Republicans in the state House of Delegates, left-wing politicians passed a gay marriage bill which was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley. Immediately, conservatives mobilized to organize a petition referendum in the hope of placing the issue before the voters on the ballot this November. A total of 55,700 valid signatures are needed by June 30, with the first batch due today, May 30.
So how many signatures were submitted? 122,481! That’s a lot of hateful racists out there, especially for such a blue state.
The effort is being spearheaded by an online site, https://mdpetitions.com/, which helps volunteers download the exact information that is needed to execute a successful drive. The driving force behind the effort is freshman delegate Neil Parrott from western Maryland. The total cost was a paltry $18,000. Much of the legwork was backed by the Maryland Marriage Alliance.
It’s ironic how the two most successful petition drives in Maryland history occurred during the past two years and were directed at striking down the MD dream act and gay marriage. Those are two issues that the bloviating class of Republican pundits believe to be liabilities for Republicans. We’ll find out what happens when these two issues are placed before the voters of Maryland in November, but if we win in such a blue state, it would be nice if the equivocating leaders of our party would take notice of reality.
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