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Why The Maryland Senate’s Top Republican In Stepping Down: He’s Too Gay Friendly

In Maryland’s 47-member State Senate, Democrats outnumber Republicans 2:1. So with a GOP caucus of just 11, it’s surprising to learn that two weeks ago, when Senate Minority Leader Allan Kittleman announced he would sponsor legislation legalizing civil unions for both gays and straights, his Republican colleagues were so shocked they took him behind closed doors and told him they wouldn’t be supporting the bill. I mean, he didn’t give them a head’s up beforehand? On something so, uh, “controversial”? Apparently not, because two weeks later comes Kittleman’s announcement that he’s stepping down from his minority leader post, having realized his peers don’t want a “social moderate” leading the troops. “I don’t want to have them worry every time I get on the floor, ‘What is he going to say?,’” the senator explained. Leaving the post gives him “the freedom to be who I am, to champion issues I really care about without worrying about stepping on anyone’s toes.” So, instead of using his limited power to change a few hearts and minds, he’s giving up his leadership post so Senate Republicans can anoint somebody who believes wholly in marriage discrimination. Wonderful. In announcing his support of the measure two weeks ago, Kittleman told reporters, “I believe that we have an opportunity to make Maryland a more fair state, a more just state and a state which treats all of its citizens equally under the law.” Or not. So, will Democrats pick up the slack? Well some of them are certainly trying.

By:           Max Simon
On:           Jan 20, 2011
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  • 4 Comments
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      Where’s Christopher Barron’s press release condeming the Maryland Republians for this?

      crickets

      Thought so.

      Jan 20, 2011 at 10:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andy
      Andy

      I’m confused by the tone of this article. He’s a quitter because he’s a Republican who stood up for gay rights and as a consequence was ousted from his parties leadership??? He was supposed to lead the charge to turn his fellow Republicans into moderates? He stood up for what he believed in and was forced out of a leadership role so I’m not sure why he’s at fault.

      Jan 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jenny
      Jenny

      I don’t see that he did anything wrong. He voiced his opinion but conceded to his party’s wishes, which was a pretty stand-up thing to do. And, as a Marylander, it seems like it’s almost a foregone conclusion that gay marriage will be legalized anyway. The few republicans in Senate probably just feel like they have to put on a show for their constituents.

      Jan 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jase
      Jase

      Was a stupid move on his part anyway. The only reason he wanted to introduce a “civil unions” bill was because he knows the dems are getting ready to go full marriage, so he wanted to water it down from the get go

      Jan 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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