Sunday, February 12, 2006

Gay Marriage Ban Shot Down In Maryland Legislature

The Washington Post has the scoop (H/T: Amp). I pointed out earlier that the Court ruling which sparked this series of events is in serious jeopardy due to the make-up of Maryland's Supreme Court, but still, this is a good thing.

The next step? Democratic affirmation of marriage rights. I'm not on-board with those folks who say that judicial decisions protecting gay rights are evil activist monstrousities. That's because I respect the courts for doing their job. But even still, it's qualitatively better for the people and their representatives to stand up themselves and protect the rights of their minorities--not depend on the judiciary to do it. Maryland is actually one of the better targets for democratically voting for marriage rights--though nothing will happen until at least after the 2006 election cycle.

1 comment:

jack said...

Legalizing gay marriage would actually be really difficult in MD right now. The proposal would win in Montgomery County but probably not Baltimore and you need both to win the state.