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MD Assembly Debating Gay Marriage Right Now, WV Considering Civil Unions

A rainbow front must be moving in a southwesterly pattern from New England, because the states of Maryland and West Virginia are both considering legalizing same-sex unions. What’s significant: these states are even south of the infamous Mason-Dixon Line.

Democratic gov. Martin O’Malley has been fighting fiercely for marriage equality in Maryland for the past month, and today the state Assembly is debating it. (You can even follow a WashPo reporter’s live tweets from the floor, if you’re so inclined.)

West Virginia isn’t ready to consider full-on marriage equality, but a bill for civil unions has been introduced by Delegate John Doyle, who tells the WV Gazette he’s trying to start a conversation about the issue.

Not ideal, obvi, but the state is right smack dab in the middle of Appalachia, so let’s give them a little time.

North of the Mason-Dixon, we’ve got New York’s success last year and New Jersey’s resounding supportGovernor Fat F**k‘s veto notwithstanding.

Looks like it might be another banner year for gay rights in the U.S. of A!

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Feb 17, 2012
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  • 6 Comments
    • Michael
      Michael

      West Virginia isn’t “considering” civil unions. But, as a native West Virginian, I am elated that a state legislator (Delegate Doyle) had the guts to introduce such a bill.

      Feb 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joetx
      Joetx

      Yes, MD is south of the Mason-Dixon, but culturally it is NOT Southern.

      Feb 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • todd
      todd

      I think someone needs to recheck the facts, cuz if we aren’t getting marriage in Jerseyt there isn’t a snow balls chance in hell we’re getting it in W.V.

      Feb 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe
      Joe

      I will say that it is nice to see WV mentioned at all. It is finally a step in the right direction and maybe a little bit of hope for some of the LGBT community there. Even if it is just one man in the government doing something. Local news in Huntington, WV had a story about LGBT community members protesting marriage equality just the other day. “Mountaineers are always FREE!”

      Feb 18, 2012 at 1:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lyle
      Lyle

      I think this is a wonderful thing. Thank-you WV Delegate John Doyle For Bringing this Issue to WV.

      Feb 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nick
      Nick

      @Joetx: It used to be. It still is as far as my relatives there are concerned.

      Feb 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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