I’m sure that somewhere, someone (I think it was Celine Dion) said, “love can move mountains.” Well, love has done something even more spectacular. It’s moved a GOP lawmaker. After actually meeting some gay couples who came to lobby the House for gay marriage, Maryland House of Delegates Republican, Wade Kach, changed his vote on the issue and helped pave the way for passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.
“I saw with so many of the gay couples, they were so devoted to one another. I saw so much love,” he said. “When this hearing was over, I was a changed person in regard to this issue. I felt that I understood what same-sex couples were looking for.”
A week later, Kach voted for the gay marriage bill on the floor of the House of Delegates, one of only two Republicans to do so. Their support proved vital, as the bill squeaked through the 141-member chamber on a 72-67 vote. The bill’s passage through the Senate on Thursday was smoother, 25-22, and it is expected to be signed.
Naturally, his conservative constituency isn’t happy. One blog says that Kach’s vote was bought, but offers no evidence. Kach’s voting record has been historically quite conservative, although, Equality Maryland, an LGBT rights group, rates Kach at 50%, which is tied for the highest Republican rating.
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