GOP Senate leader steps down over civil unions ﬂap
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
A Republican lawmaker in Maryland who plans to introduce a civil unions bill startled colleaguesthis week by resigning from his position as minority leader in the State Senate one week before thescheduled introduction of a same-sex marriage bill.Sen. Allan Kittleman (R-Howard County) said he decided to withdraw from the minority leader posthe held for two years after determining he was not conservative enough for the other 11 GOP senatorsin the 47-member Senate.Observers at the state capital in Annapolis said it became clear to Kittleman that his moderate toliberal views on social issues troubled the other GOP senators after he announced plans to introducelegislation allowing civil unions in Maryland for same-sex and opposite-sex couples.“I’m a social moderate and I wanted to stand up for what I believe in,” the Baltimore Sun quoted himas saying. “It’s more important for me to stay true to my beliefs than it is for me to be the minority leader.”LGBT advocates pushing for a same-sex marriage bill in the Maryland Legislature had expressedconcern earlier this month that Kittleman’s civil unions measure might take away votes from the mar-
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washingtonblade.com • vol. 42, issue 03 • january 21, 2011 • Still sharp after 40 years
In wake of repeal, some ready to talk,others staying in closet
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
For one gay Air Force pilot, it remains business as usual as hekeeps his sexual orientation a secret despite passage of legislationallowing for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”The Charleston, S.C., resident, who spoke on condition of anonym-ity, said he considers himself a private individual and sees no need tomake public to his Air Force comrades his gay identity.“It’s just not my style,” he said. “So, no, I’m probably not going tosay anything. If somebody asks me, I might say, ‘Well, if you’re askingthe question, then you probably already know the answer to it, so I’llleave it at that.’”The pilot said he sees no need to take a date to squadron picnic asstraight airmen might bring their spouses.“As far I can tell, nobody suspects that I’m gay at work, other thanI’m single,” the pilot said. “We’re a bunch a pilots, so sometimes it’snot easy for relationships, so a lot of guys that are even older than Iam have never been married, so it’s not uncommon. I don’t stand outbeing in my early 30s and single.”The pilot’s decision to keep his sexual orientation a secret repre-sents one option for gay service members now that “Don’t Ask, Don’t
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signed repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ last month, prompting service members to wrestle withthe question of when — and if — to come out to colleagues.
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