Democratic lawmakers are so worried that same-sex marriage
will put them behind the political eight-ball, they've
developed what they're calling a "contingency plan" to
prevent the issue from taking center stage before the
November elections. Last month a Baltimore trial judge
ruled that the state ban on same-sex marriage is
unconstitutional but stayed the decision until an appeals
court has a chance to weigh in.
The Washington Post reports that house
Democrats fear the Maryland supreme court might take up the
case and legalize same-sex marriage--thus
driving up antigay Republican turnout on Election Day.
So on Thursday, Montgomery County delegate Luiz Simmons
filed a bill that would advise--though not
require--the court to stay any ruling that
overturns state law and give lawmakers a chance to address
the ruling with a constitutional amendment--in this
case, one that would ban same-sex marriage.
Passage of the measure isn't guaranteed.
Republicans oppose it as game-playing, and Democrats
who support same-sex marriage might join them. (Sirius