The Maryland Gazette on Maryland residents testifying at a Senate committee hearing last Tuesday:
"...a gay man from Potomac asked the committee to defeat the bill, saying the proposal by Gov. Martin O’Malley would undermine one of society’s most basic principles, that marriage is between a man and a woman.
“I’m gay and I’m opposed to this legislation,” said Doug Mainwaring, a divorced father of two who works for the National Capital Tea Party Patriots.
“I totally believe in civil unions, but I would like to see marriage preserved for one man and one woman. Marriage is the building block of our civilization,” he said.
In a hearing that lasted all afternoon, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee heard from about 60 supporters of the bill, and a similar number of opponents.