MD First Lady Apologized For Calling Anti-Equality Lawmakers “Cowards.” Durn!

She took it back!

Yesterday Queerty gave a fist-bump to Maryland’s First Lady, Catherine Curran O’Malley, who told attendees atthe Conference on LGBT Equality in Baltimore that delegates who switched their votes on a same-sex marriage bill last session were “cowards.”

Addressing the Creating Change conference on Thursday, O’Malley said, “there were some cowards that prevented it from passing.”

But then on Friday, the First Lady—who, by the way, is also a Maryland state judge—issued a statement saying she regretted her choice of words and that she had let her “feelings get the better of me,” writes The Baltimore Sun.

Well, we can’t say we’re not disappointed, but at least she and her husband, Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley (right, shirtless), haven’t apologized for or backed down from their support for gay marriage.

And we kind of understand the position Katie was in: Facing a night on the couch versus getting to snuggle up with this gray-haired fox, you might apologize too.

Plus, maybe “cowards” isn’t the right term for those legislators. Del. Melvin L. Stukes, who had originally co-sponsored the marriage-equality measure actually backed away from it because he thought it was a civil-unions bill.

And Republican Del. Don Dwyer fought against it because, he said, the main reason advocates are pushing the bill is to get gay marriage into the public school curriculum.

So maybe Mrs. O’Malley should have called her opponents “morons.”

Photos: Special Olympics Maryland, Maryland Office of the First Lady

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  • Hyhybt

    In some areas, it takes *more* courage to stand against marriage equality than for it. Hallelujah! But that of course doesn’t make it right to do so.

  • MEJ

    That’s the difference between cons and libs–cons talk trash about everyone, and never apologize. Liberals are constantly apologizing for everything. She should have stuck to her first statement.

  • Aaron

    Well I’d take it back and more appropriately call them bigots instead.

  • Shannon1981

    Wish she hadn’t apologized. She was only telling the truth.

  • Cam

    Well, saying you regret your choice of words, is a half step back, but not necessarily an apology.

    Still, isn’t it funny how conservatives always pretend that THEY are the tough ones, the kick ass ones, the ones who can defend America go to war etc… and yet all we ever hear from them is..

    “Boo Hoo, you were a meanie and hurt my feelings, say you’re sorry!”

  • jj

    She’s a coward…

  • iDavid

    I agree she did good on the whole. Calling someone a coward is one of the deepest blows one can serve, especially when a woman says it to a man. Good go’in Kate.

  • Red Meat

    @jj: LOL derp

  • B

    Odd. A comment I thought got posted successfully seems to have evaporated, even though it just contained a quote from a G-rated film.

    It said that she should apologize, but just do it the way Groucho Marx did in Duck Soup, where, as the president of “Freedonia”, he went around insulting everyone, the ambassador of a neighboring country in particular, plus (of course) Margaret Dumont, who played the very wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

    The paraphrase would be, “I’m sorry I called you a coward. It isn’t fair to the other cowards.”

    Nobody could put you down the way Groucho did!

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