Md. governor ﬁrst to testifyin favor of marriage bill ashearings commence
By PHIL REESEpreese@washblade.com
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. MartinO’Malley was the ﬁrst witness to testify infavor of same-sex marriage at a Senatecommittee hearing Tuesday, just two daysafter he addressed a crowd of LGBT rightssupporters in Baltimore.The Maryland Senate Judicial ProceedingsCommittee heard testimony on the Civil MarriageProtection Act throughout Tuesday afternoon, as
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OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
Log Cabin warns of ‘anti-gay pandering’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Gay Republicans joined many of their
straight counterparts in Florida Tuesday night in congratulating formerMassachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for his decisive victory in the FloridaRepublican primary.But R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the national Log CabinRepublicans, while also congratulating Romney, cautioned him againstengaging in “anti-gay pandering or divisive social politics.”Cooper told the Blade his comment was a reference to statementsRomney has made in news media interviews over the past severalmonths in which he appeared to be appealing to conservative votershostile to gay rights.Ofﬁcials with Log Cabin’s chapters in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale andTampa areas said support for Romney was strong among LGBT Republicansin the state. Romney won by a lopsided margin in a Jan. 28 straw poll of LogCabin members at an informal gay Republican caucus in Miami.“I’m pleased that Romney won,” said Andy Eddy, board member of Log Cabin Republicans of Broward County, which includes the city of
Fort Lauderdale and the nearby gay enclave Wilton Manors.
“Many of our members support him and believe he has the bestchance of beating Obama,” he said.
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won a decisive victory in Florida this week, as Newt Gingrich appeared to lose momentum.
PHOTO BY GAGE SKIDMORE; COURTESY WIKIMEDIA.ORG
Fla. gay Republicanshail Romney victory
Life After Scandal
Former Md. congressman,ousted in gay sex ﬂap,talks politics, the GOP andwhy he opposes marriage.
Madonna’s back with newsingle, album, ﬁlm andSuper Bowl performancesure to please gay fans.
O’Malley speaks out
testiﬁes before theSenate Judicial Proceedings Committee Tuesday infavor of the Civil Marriage Protection Act.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY