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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
 
Oddball Political Story of the Day

Maryland Democrats are scrambling to limit the damage from a decision by a state court that a ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. But get this part:

Maryland Democrats concerned about the political fallout from last week's court ruling on same-sex marriage are considering a plan to block any final court ruling from taking effect until after the November elections.

The proposal would be offered in legislation by Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons (D-Montgomery) that would freeze any decision from the state's highest court until the General Assembly has time to evaluate it.

"What we're trying to do is see if we can craft a bill allowing the legislature to seek an injunction, at least until 2007, when we'll have the opportunity to consider a constitutional amendment" banning same-sex marriage, Simmons said.


Okay, so Simmons is saying, "Just give us a chance to take care of it, and we'll ban it by constitutional amendment," right?

Uh, no.

Although many Democrats, including Simmons, said they support the rights of gays and lesbians to marry, they also said they recognize that the ruling could hurt the party during key elections this year -- the governor's office and a U.S. Senate seat are at stake.

Translation: "Just let us kick it down the road aways until it won't hurt us politically."

Hat Tip: Memeorandum

See also Stop the ACLU's excellent post on this matter.
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