MD Marriage bill sponsor: Arora says he will vote NO when marriage bill is on House floor

Stunning. Just stunning. From Yusef Najafi at MetroWeekly

“I don’t know what to think,” [Delegate Kumar] Barve tells Metro Weekly this evening of Arora’s decision to vote against the marriage bill that he once co-sponsored, once it makes its way to the House floor, something Barve says Arora told him personally.

“He told me that he was going to vote against it on the floor,” Barve says. “I’ve been in the legislature for quite a while and nothing is a reality until you actually push the button. And these are hard issues. But he came to me and told me that he was having difficulty with the concept of it.”

The concept of it?

Others, like Chevy Chase Mayor David Lublin, are not so kind. Lublin says that if Arora does vote against the marriage legislation on the House floor, his next move should be to resign.

“If he honestly feels like he cannot vote for this on the floor, the only honorable course of action will be for him to resign because he campaigned so strongly on the issue to so many different people.”

Asked why Arora changed his mind, Barve is at a loss.

“If you’re expecting an explanation or some sort of enlightenment from me, you’re not going to get it. I honestly don’t know. It’s very unusual. People do change their minds,” he says. “Is it unusual for a sponsor to change his mind on a piece of legislation that they’ve sponsored? No it’s not. People do that all the time, but not on big social issues like this. It’s somewhat unheard of.”

I can tell from the reaction I’m hearing about from Arora’s friends, that feeling of shock is shared by many.

Sam Arora probably wanted to be an elected official for a long time. We all know the type. Well, he’s been one for less than two months and he’s already ruined his career.

More background on this story here. And please read through this list of donors to Arora’s campaign, back when he claimed he supported marriage equality, and ask them to join the growing list of former donors who want their money back.

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