Maggie Gallagher on Maryland SSM: "Democrat Leaders Looking to Please Big Money Constituencies"


The Baltimore Sun interviewed NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher briefly about same-sex marriage in Maryland:

Opponents nationally are also keeping an eye on Maryland. National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher said the Old Line State is the one she's "least worried about." She said voters in Maryland will see the same-sex marriage bill as an example of "Democratic leaders looking to please one of their big-money constituencies."

And, she said, opponents have defeated same-sex marriage bills every time they've gone to referendum. "There is no big call for this among voters," she said.

Several powerful local opposition forces joined Wednesday to push the drive to gather the 56,000 signatures needed to put the Maryland same-sex marriage law on the ballot. The coalition includes the Maryland Marriage Alliance, which is a group of mostly African-American ministers, the Maryland Catholic Conference and, an organization headed by Del. Neil Parrott, a Western Maryland Republican.

Maryland's Board of Elections approved the groups' proposed petition form Wednesday, the first step before they can start collecting signatures.

McCoy, of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, said the organizers are focused and motivated. The groups will be training volunteers next week and will be in churches gathering signatures by next Sunday, McCoy said.

Gay rights advocates acknowledge that they haven't had success nationally at the ballot box...


  1. Zack
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Well duh.

    ""The government's view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." -Ronald Reagan

  2. Posted March 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    How much (or little) is their integrity worth? 30 talents of silver, I suppose.

  3. Stefan
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    "And, she said, opponents have defeated same-sex marriage bills every time they've gone to referendum" Right, and look at what states those were.
    The Maryland legislature is doing what they know is right.. The voters may very well overturn ssm, but November's a long ways away. We'll see what happens.

  4. John Noe
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Yep it is amazing just how much you can stick we the people if the bribe money offered to you is high enough.

  5. Louis E.
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    If those wealthy individuals like David Geffen,Tim Gill,Chris Hughes,Peter Thiel,James Hormel,Jordan Roth,and the like would stop financing campaigns for SSM,would there be any need for wiser billionaires to fund corrective campaigns?

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