ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — The Maryland State Senate voted unanimously to repeal “Maryland, My Maryland” as the state song.

Written in 1861 by a Baltimore native and Confederate sympathizer, its lyrics refer to a “despot,” which historians said is a reference to President Abraham Lincoln.

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State lawmakers are pushing for its repeal once again. They say it is past time, but especially important right now.

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Some who oppose the repeal acknowledge some of the lyrics are offensive, but liken its repeal to “cancel culture.”

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Gov. Larry Hogan has previously pushed back on efforts to change the state song.

CBS Baltimore Staff