Killer amendments defeated in Maryland (Arora supported one.) Final vote tomorrow

Yesterday, a number of killer amendments were defeated during debate on the Maryland marriage bill. This was key because any amendments would slow down the process and possibly kill the bill:

As a practical matter, House leaders are seeking to reject all amendments so the bill can be sent directly to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who has pledged to sign it. If the bill is altered, it must go back to the Senate, complicating its path in the remaining weeks of the 90-day session.

It’s pretty clear to every Delegate that if one of the amendments passes, the marriage bill won’t pass this year. So, guess who supported one of the killer amendments? Our former ally, Sam Arora reports the Washington Blade:

Supporters defeated four hostile amendments that would have killed or weakened the bill, including one that would have allowed religious institutions to refuse adoptions by same-sex couples. Opponents said the adoption issue was unrelated to the marriage bill.

Del. Sam Arora (D-Montgomery County) voted for that amendment. Arora drew the ire of LGBT rights advocates last week when he pulled his support for the marriage bill.

Duly noted. Sam knew exactly what he was doing.

At least Arora has the homophobic American Family Association on his side now, via Alvin McEwen:

How else can one explain a recent article coming from the American Family Association’s One News Now. The article pushes a phony assertion that the lgbt community and its allies engaged in “threats” to get the votes. The main snippet says the following:
Derek McCoy of the Association of Maryland Families says unscrupulous practices are being used to pressure lawmakers opposed to homosexual marriage to vote differently than their conscience. “We know those practices to be everything from threatening people’s chairmanship, to one young man who was a delegate that changed his vote and then went back and changed it again because he already had had people starting to call his donors and asking for refunds from his campaign money.”

McCoy is referring to the recent brouhaha regarding delegate Sam Arora who campaigned on the fact that he would support gay marriage in Maryland. Arora knocked on doors, sat down with same-sex families, and accepted donations while expressly saying that he supported marriage equality.

Then after the election, he announced that he changed his mind and would not support gay marriage.

Yep, AFA is worried that we’ve been mean to Delegate Arora. They’ve got his back now.


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