1 of 2 Democrat Holdouts In Maryland Now Says She’s On Board For Marriage Equality

Posted By on March 2, 2011

Maryland – Yesterday, 2 Democratic Delegates announced they were holding the Marriage Equality bill hostage until other bills were also moved forward. One of those two, Tiffany Alston, announced this morning that thanks to calls from her constituents she is back on board.

The bill, which has already passed the Senate, needs to make it out of a House committee before it can go to the House floor for a final vote. But with the makeup of the committee, it will take the support of every Democrat to get by the Republicans.

The committee was scheduled to vote yesterday morning, but two Democratic delegates, Tiffany Alston and Jill Carter didn’t show up to the meeting. Carter announced later that she would not support Maryland families until legislative leadership passed some budget bills.  Alston has changed her tune and says she will no longer hold the bill hostage, but no word yet on Carter.

Remember that you can contact Jill Carter here:
Jill Carter
(410) 841-3283, (301) 858-3283
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3283 (toll free)
e-mail: jill.carter@house.state.md.us

Tiffany Alston had this to say:

Baltimore Sun:

Tiffany Alston, Delegate, gay marriage, maryland, democrat

Delegate Tiffany Alston (D)

The same sex marriage debate is a very contentious and controversial issue that cuts to the core of people’s religious belief and people’s fundamental right to the pursuit of happiness.  From the beginning of my campaign  I have told the people that elected me that I personally supported the same sex couple’s right to marry.  I believe all people should be treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation.  I also told my constituents that I would listen to their concerns and take them into consideration.  As such, I have been weighing the diverse and diametrically opposed feedback from my constituents and the citizens of the Great State of Maryland.

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