Maggie Gallagher on Maryland SSM: "Democrat Leaders Looking to Please Big Money Constituencies"


The Baltimore Sun interviewed NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher briefly about same-sex marriage in Maryland:

Opponents nationally are also keeping an eye on Maryland. National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher said the Old Line State is the one she's "least worried about." She said voters in Maryland will see the same-sex marriage bill as an example of "Democratic leaders looking to please one of their big-money constituencies."

And, she said, opponents have defeated same-sex marriage bills every time they've gone to referendum. "There is no big call for this among voters," she said.

Several powerful local opposition forces joined Wednesday to push the drive to gather the 56,000 signatures needed to put the Maryland same-sex marriage law on the ballot. The coalition includes the Maryland Marriage Alliance, which is a group of mostly African-American ministers, the Maryland Catholic Conference and, an organization headed by Del. Neil Parrott, a Western Maryland Republican.

Maryland's Board of Elections approved the groups' proposed petition form Wednesday, the first step before they can start collecting signatures.

McCoy, of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, said the organizers are focused and motivated. The groups will be training volunteers next week and will be in churches gathering signatures by next Sunday, McCoy said.

Gay rights advocates acknowledge that they haven't had success nationally at the ballot box...