ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland Republican lawmaker considered to be a swing vote in the House of Delegates gay marriage debate will not support the legislation.

Delegate Patrick Hogan, R-Frederick, said Wednesday that he will not support the marriage bill.

“While I do believe that the law should afford the same protections to all couples in Maryland, I do not believe we need to use the word marriage to do that,” Hogan said in a statement.

Earlier Wednesday, supporters decided to layover the bill in the House, delaying floor debate until Thursday.

Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday that he was still looking for “a couple” of votes in the House and that Republican support could be critical to passing the measure.

Republican Delegate Robert Costa, voted to move the bill from his committee earlier this week. Proponents had hoped Hogan would make a similar decision on the floor.

Several committee Democrats opposed the bill, while Delegate Sam Arora, D-Montgomery, abstained from casting any vote. Arora said he supports civil unions for gay couples, which marriage advocates say creates a state of “separate but equal.”

“I really hope that we can get to a place that we can pass a bill that’s going to provide equality this year and I think the best way to do that is a civil unions bill,” he said.

Arora would not speculate whether he would vote for gay marriage if an attempt to amend the bill to offer civil unions fails on the floor.

“I don’t get into hypotheticals on this,” he said. “I’m hoping that we do see a civil unions bill.”

Last year Arora, a freshman delegate, waffled on support of gay marriage, ultimately voting for the bill in committee in order to move it to the floor. That bill later died when House leaders realized they did not have enough votes to pass the measure.

Other opponents say they worry the bill will force educators to teach about gay marriage in public schools and threaten religious freedoms for people who provide services for weddings.

If the House and state Senate sign off on the bill, Maryland could become the eighth state to legalize gay marriage.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (12)
  1. MD VOTER says:

    Transgenders, gays, blacks, Hispanics when is it going to end. Pass the bill and use the time for more productive problems like: unemployment, entitlements, creating jobs, schools, Obamacare, corrupt politicians, O’Malley, Pelosi, Reed, Van Hollen, etc. Voters need to take this country away from those in office and TRY to replace them with honest hard working politicians(if any can be found).

  2. Kevin says:

    What is the problem here? Just pass this gay marriage bill so we can get on with more important issues. This is getting so old, it’s not even news anymore. Just vote and stop worrying about not getting re-elected because you did the right thing for equality.

    We need to work on jobs . Let the gay community have marriage so they can be miserable like the rest of us.

  3. Sylvan Finkelstein says:


  4. Jessica says:

    I am really sorry to say it but as the years go on, I hate this God forsaken state more and more. I can not wait until the day comes when I can bid a permanent farewell to Maryland.

    1. Mikeb says:

      Good riddance.

  5. big tom says:

    let the closet queens run free in the state house led by MOM

  6. Paula says:

    Dear Sam Arora: If you are going to discriminate against people, you should at least be honest about it. This man would have been voting for laws to make Rosa Parks ride in the back of the bus in the 60’s. just like he is doing to gay people today. Shame on hi,

  7. mr.right says:

    if you notice, on hot button issues like this WJZ sensors blogs such as this. Giving the impression that most people are leaning to the left. WJZ is no longer a reliable news source but instead it is a propaganda machine of the left

    1. Rizky says:

      Geoff, I haven’t read The Tipping Point, but I did read Blink. Gladwell is a talented piluparozer, but I’m suspicious of a lot of the stuff that he writes, because he gets the info about new Coke wrong in Blink. He claims that Coca-Cola misunderstood the results of Pepsi’s taste test because it did not understand results for sip test vs. the home-usage test. However, Coca-Cola was already well aware of the differences in these tests. In fact, Coca-Cola ran television advertisements in the years preceding the release of new Coke in which Bill Cosby answered the Pepsi ads that sited taste-test preferences for Pepsi. In this series of ads, Cosby states that because Pepsi was sweeter, a sip tasted better, but Coke tastetd better for the long haul. If I recall correctly, there were multiple advertisement with this theme, but .Furthermore, the taste for new Coke was developed as the Diet Coke product, which included both sip and home-usage taste tests. New Coke was basically a naturally sweetened form of Diet Coke that was also tested for both home-usage and sip tests. Subsequent taste tests by independent teams investigating the dominance of Coke Classic confirmed that new Coke beat every competitor in the cola market by any reasonable standard (just like Bush beat Gore in Florida). Even so, Coca-Cola dropped new Coke in the early 1990s after it a failed attempt to rebrand it as Coke II.I’ve written extensively about New Coke/Coke Classic (and Diet Coke/Coke Zero) history and many of the issues surrounding it, first as Miranda PJ at Banner of Heaven, and later as DKL. When I read blink (one day sitting in an auto-dealership waiting for them to replace my air conditioning condenser), I was astonished that he got such a simple matter completely incorrect. Since then, I have been equally astonished by how many people I’ve heard repeating it and siting Gladwell as though he had provided the inside scoop on something.It’s worth noting that New Coke actually tastes nothing like Pepsi. New Coke hits the tongue with a strong sugar flavor, followed by a medium cola impact. In the mouth, it has an orange citrus flavor and caramel finish. Pepsi tastes like cheap high school party punch by comparison, consisting of little more than a light cola impact with a lemon citrus complement.Diet Coke has the same flavor profile (of course) as new Coke, including the initial sugary impact in spite of the fact that it is altogether artificially sweetened; try Diet Coke with Splenda, which is the closest thing to new Coke to have been on the market since Coke II died. For some strange reason, Diet Coke with Splenda is only available in cans, since Coca-Cola discontinued the bottled version after the first month, in spite of the fact that it sold more than several other of the myriad Coke derivatives now available. I’ve heard that Coke Lite from Mexico is a real treat, but I haven’t been lucky enough to try it.

  8. just askin" says:

    When they pass a law ordaining gay marriage, will the sodomy laws be automatically repealed, or will all of those gayly marrieds be continuing to break the law as they consummate their marriages?

  9. adraine says:

    this world is going to h@#$ if that law is passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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