Delegate Jill Carter says education is just as much of a "fundamental right" as gay marriage. After speaking with her, House Speaker Michael Busch says he is now "uncertain" whether SSM can pass, the AP reports:
"We think it's a fundamental right for our children to get their money for education, the majority of our constituency sees it as a primary issue," Carter said. "We think it's as least as important as the issue of same-sex marriage that is being pushed through so quickly."
... [House Speaker] Busch was uncertain whether the move from Carter and Alston would kill the effort to legalize same-sex marriage this year.
"I can't project that," he said.