GOP Senator Allan H. Kittleman announces support for Md. same-sex marriage bill

  • metta

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    Feb 02, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    GOP Senator Allan H. Kittleman announces support for Md. same-sex marriage bill


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    Kittleman said that he is a "strong follower of Jesus Christ" and belongs to a conservative church, but added: "I really believe as a legislator, I don't vote based on my faith."

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    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/annapolis/2011/02/gop_senator_announces_support.html
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    Feb 02, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    Good for him!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 02, 2011 6:08 PM GMT
    Cool!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Feb 02, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    Hoo-ray!! They are slowly moving down the east coast........
  • rioriz

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    Feb 02, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Awesome to hear. The more the merrier
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    Feb 02, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    Wow! I almost choked on my tea while reading this.

    I believe that people often forget that WE are simply asking for legal recognition and the same benefits that straight couples get. It is up to each individual church or church denomination on whether or not to perform same-sex ceremonies and recognize those marriages and relationships.
  • creature

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    Feb 02, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    I'm glad to hear this.

    Governor O'Malley is in support of gay marriage. Previously his support was for civil unions, but he said during the campaign that if he was re-elected he would sign gay marriage into law if it came across his desk.
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    Feb 03, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    at least He is Presbyterian. Good for himicon_idea.gif
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    Feb 03, 2011 10:51 AM GMT


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    "I really believe as a legislator, I don't vote based on my faith."



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    That would be a major republican shift.
  • metta

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    Feb 05, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
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    "My primary goal has always been to ensure that same-sex couples have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples currently have in Maryland," Kittleman said in the statement. Watching his father "fight for civil rights instilled in me the belief that everyone, regardless of race, sex, national origin or sexual orientation, is entitled to equal rights."

    His statement also reflected a desire to separate his religious convictions from his political duties.

    "While my faith may teach that marriage is between a man and a woman, our government is not a theocracy," Kittleman said. "Therefore, while my spiritual life is extremely important to me, it cannot be the sole basis for my decisions as a state senator."
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    http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/gov/2011/02/03-19/GOP-senator-supports-gay-marriage.html

    Kittleman Stands Alone

    http://www.metroweekly.com/news/?ak=5983

    Contact Information:
    http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa14329.html

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/allan.kittleman
  • Menergy_1

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    Feb 05, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    probably won't see him reelected, then....sadly

    (I'm grateful for his statements and personal stance -- it's a rare, lonely beacon in the dark out there these days.)

    Please prove me wrong. There's just so much bigotry and crazy "out there" now - reinforced daily with ugly statements from hate organizations, hard-core evangelical religionists, closed-minded people, radio talks shows, and on and on, trying to legislate their theocratic stances.
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    Feb 05, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    Ironically the Democratic Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is against gay marriage. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
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    Feb 05, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    Columbusite saidWow! I almost choked on my tea while reading this.


    I just giggled a little bit.

    But this is awesome! I'm glad that he is able to separate church from state. Hopefully others can follow eventually.