Thursday, March 3, 2011

Take Action! Wavering Md. Delegate Puts Marriage Equality in Jeopardy

Maryland Delegate Sam Arora
Nobody in the fight for marriage equality in my home state of Maryland expected an easy victory, especially with NOM's head gnome, Maggie Gallagher lurking about The Free State spreading the same old tired lies about the dangers of treating all people with respect.

Up until this week, it looked like the bill that sailed through the state senate had a chance of getting through the house of Delegates by a margin of one vote. That was until two key supporters, Jill Carter and Tiffany Alston, who support the bill, refused to vote on Tuesday, in effect holding gay families hostage to force attention on pet projects of their own.

AmericaBlog's Joe Sudbay reports that in addition to these two, a third delegate, Sam Arora, a liberal Democrat who campaigned for Hillary Clinton and who represents liberal Montgomery County and ran as a pro-equality candidate, winning the endorsement of Equality Maryland -- and who co-sponsored the marriage equality bill -- is now unsure if he will vote in favor of it's passage.

Why? Wait for it.... his religious beliefs.

Apparently, in all the excitement of his campaign last year and his entire life before the election, he forgot that he was against equality before he was for it.

Sudbay writes:
Let's just say, this has been a stunning development for people close to the issue. Only lately, like in the past week, have advocates in Annapolis heard Arora talk about deeply held religious beliefs that could impact his vote. No one knows for sure, except him.

Sam Arora has spent a lot of time in politics. He has a lot of friends in DC. The fact that he may not honor his previous commitment is a shocker to many. That's evident by a number of tweets mentioning @Sam_Arora today.

Arora is writing his political future. This will be an historic vote. Will he be on the right side of history? 
 If you live in Maryland or know somebody who does, Arora's contact info is listed below. Contact him today and tell him to honor his word to those who helped elect him. This is no time to cave in to hate.

Twitter: @Sam_Arora
(410) 841-3528, (301) 858-3528
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3528 (toll free)
fax: (410) 841-3011, (410) 841-3528, (301) 858-3528, (240) 245-0018
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