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Del. Sam Arora (District 19) has announced his wedding is next month. Congratulations to the politician who ran on marriage equality only to screw over Maryland's LGBT community twice on the issue.

Back in 2011, when MD failed to pass marriage equality:

The outrage directed at Arora is understandable. As is the sense of betrayal. He raised money from gays and lesbians based on his support for marriage equality. He secured the endorsements of Progressive Maryland and of Equality Maryland because of it. In fact, get a load of what he wrote as an addendum to his questionnaire for Equality Maryland.
I am a former law clerk to Attorney General Doug Gansler. I publicly supported his decision to recognize out-of-state marriage licenses for same-sex couples and immediately put out a release praising his findings. For me, it's simply a matter of equal rights under the law.
And in 2012, when MD passed marriage equality:
Regardless of what Arora is hiding in his political closet, his career in Democratic politics is over. A number of high-level Democratic political operatives in DC are talking ... about the best way, legally and politically, to move ahead with ending Arora's career, starting with his next election.
Del. Arora's Legislative Director resigned shortly after the vote and among other denouncements from Dems, a Tumblr was set up to shame Del. Arora.

If this was 1967, Maryland law would have prohibited his engagement due to anti-miscegenation laws. Oh and fun fact, Maryland was the first (1664) to ban interracial marriage in colonial America. This was the first time in American history that a law was invented that restricted access to marriage partners solely on the basis of "race", not class or condition of servitude.

Meanwhile, Marylanders for Marriage Equality is busy building up supporters for the referendum in the general election so I'll be able to get to enjoy the same civil rights as Del. Arora and my brother (who also just got engaged, and supports his gay brother).

Oh, and Del. Arora's wedding is scheduled for June 6, the same date as Capitol Pride in DC.

Originally posted to Aximill on Mon May 21, 2012 at 09:42 AM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.

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  •  Cute couple (1+ / 0-)
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    fiance in Maryland back in the good 'ole days of miscegenation laws.  But not if he had been Filipino.

    •  When my brother married my SIL -- they went to (1+ / 0-)
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      the office to get a marriage license and as they filled it out my brother saw that it asked for "color." He got into a battle with the head clerk who said they couldn't get married if he didn't fill it in. So he asked if he could put anything he wanted in there and the clerk said yes. My brother filled in with "off-white." (My SIL's English wasn't that hot, she's Swiss, so she probably put in whatever he told her to.)
      I think that was in 1967 just after the repeal of the miscegenation law (according to the Wikipedia page to which you link) since they're celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.

      We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

      by Tamar on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:51:22 AM PDT

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  •  Will there be an open bar? (1+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps we can all attend.

    Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

    by JHestand on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:40:50 AM PDT

  •  This guy is up for re-election in 2014, I believe (3+ / 0-)
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    craigkg, Aximill, raincrow

    and we need to make sure he doesn't make it through the primary! (It's a heavily Democratic district so the primary is the election). I will work for whichever of his Democratic opponents has the best views and best chance of winning.
    If we had had his vote, which he had promised when he was elected, we might not have had to give in on the referendum crap. It would be far better to have marriage equality and then deal with a referendum than having the marriage equality on hold until after the referendum, but our side had to make this compromise to get enough votes to pass it.
    I don't know if his vote alone would have solved the problem, but it certainly would have helped. And he gave cover to other Democrats who came in against us.
    No excuse for blue Maryland to have such a close vote. New York got their majority with a conservative Democratic Governor and Republicans joining in. We have a progressive Governor and didn't even need the Republicans.

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:44:44 AM PDT

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