Joe.My.God.: Saying acceptance of gay marriage was "inevitable," Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has become the first statewide-elected official there to endorse marriage equality legislation. Gansler accuses lawmakers of lacking the "political courage" to approve the legislation this year, saying "It’s wrong to discriminate against people, particularly because they think differently or because of their sexuality or because of their gender. And that’s what we’re doing here."
The Republican-lead dissenters on the issue spewed the usual crapola, with the suitably-named Kathleen Crank saying, "This lifestyle is devastating to those in it and devastating to those around them. In every other area, we work to prevent unhealthy behavior, not sanction it with the force of law." Republicans on the committee considering the legislation say that to approve marriage equality they'd also have to legalize polygamy, incest, and statutory rape. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) supports civil unions only.