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Maryland lawmaker claims marriage votes spurred alcohol abuse

MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade
Monday, January 14, 2013

A Maryland lawmaker told a local newspaper last week that legislators who voted for the state’s same-sex marriage bill contributed to his alcohol abuse.

Delegate Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel County) told the Maryland Gazette in an interview the newspaper posted to its website on Saturday that he felt “betrayed” when Dels. Wade Koch (R-Baltimore County) and Robert Costa (R-Anne Arundel County) and then-Del. Tiffany Alston (D-Prince George’s County) in Feb. 2012 backed for the measure that Gov. Martin O’Malley eventually signed into law. Alston and Koch voted against the bill while it was in committee, while Costa supported it.

Donald Dwyer

“That betrayal really affected me,” Dwyer told the newspaper. “I was physically ill. You pour your heart into an issue like that and it’s devastating.”

Maryland Natural Resource Police last month charged Dwyer, 54, with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, reckless and negligent operation of a vessel, failing to register his boat and rules-of-the-road violation in connection with an Aug. 22 incident on the Magothy River in Anne Arundel County that left him, two other adults and four children injured.

The Anne Arundel County Republican who has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2003 admitted to reporters the day after the crash that he was drinking before his boat collided with Mark “Randy” Harbin’s vessel. Dwyer admitted in a Jan. 8 post to his Facebook page that he is struggling with alcohol.

“In the past year I have faced both personal and professional challenges that were extremely difficult for me,” he wrote. “As a result, and regrettably so, I turned to alcohol to cope. As many of you know, this culminated in a serious boat accident in August when the boat I was operating was struck by another vessel. Though I am unable to discuss the accident itself due to the pending court case, I thought it important that I share with you the steps I have personally taken to address my problem with alcohol.”

Dwyer, who said in his Facebook post he “enjoyed beer or wine socially” before 2012, added he voluntarily entered and completed a treatment program. He said he remains “committed to attending extensive aftercare counseling” and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. One of the first things you are told in AA is that you and only you are responsible for drinking. What a douche!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:13am
  2. i thought thumpers like him gained strength through their Lord? More proof that religion is nothing more than a delusion.
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/strength-bible-verses/

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:13am
  3. Felt betrayed ? Duh !

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:17am
  4. It’s so easy to play the blame game. That absolves you of any responsibility. Cowards.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:18am
  5. What a clown.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:20am
  6. Blame everyone but yourself…crock of crap!

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:20am
  7. talk about blaming others and refusing to take responsibility for your decisions. he obviously had a problem before hand and instead of dealing with the issues he decided alcohol was the better way to go to alleviate stress and hide from everything.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:21am
  8. “I’m sorry, Your Honor. When it became clear I was one of the last bigots in the House, I got terribly depressed.”

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:21am
  9. Are you an alcoholic? Ask yourself if someone’s sexual preference made you that way. Sure it did……….Idiot.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:30am
  10. Just another “Boy, was I drunk last night!” excuse.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:36am
  11. Lol

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:13am
  12. THIS law maker is full of crap plain and simple

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:26am
  13. oh my god, I need a drink!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:27am
  14. what’s that? being a closed minded bigot is negatively affecting the lives of the bigots themselves? tragedy.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:47am
  15. AA teaches that no one but the drinker is responsible. Man up ass hole

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 11:02am
  16. Wow! Seriously?

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 11:34am
  17. How does he feel about all the homosexuals who turned to alcohol to deal with endless persecution from people like him?

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:15pm
  18. LOL, you idiot. Is this going to be your plea in the court to avoid being sewed by the parents of the little girl who’s skull you fractured? REALLY?!

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:58pm
  19. I job like that is a reason to drink. I would, probably. He’s an ass for operating a boat under the influence. I hope he looses his shirt in court

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 2:39pm
  20. So he makes himself a danger to society because his efforts at discrimination failed??? Poor old soul…. Now THAT’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 2:57pm
  21. It’s so patently ridiculous it’s almost Seinfeldian.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 2:59pm
  22. Regrettably he turned to alcohol. Too bad he couldn’t have turned to common sense and realized that my same-sex marriage or anyone else’s would have no effect whatever on any facet of his life.

    Maybe alcohol tastes better than common sense. Dunno…

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 3:39pm
  23. There is something very wrong with people.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:21pm
  24. what a fecken wanker…

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:23pm
  25. What a zoo this planet is.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:23pm
  26. Don’t you love when personal responsibility is their motto except when it is something they have done?

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:29pm
  27. Really, …. sounds to me like he’s the “blame everyone else” type rather than taking responsibility for his own choices and actions.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:30pm
  28. Lmao.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:30pm
  29. Not only can gay marriage cause natural disasters and seemingly unrelated acts of terror, but it can also make people drink like a motherfucker.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:49pm
  30. How much more stupid can these folks get? Fair question!

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:51pm
  31. oh please…….

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:51pm
  32. I call bullshit.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:27pm
  33. bullshit doesnt have a number.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:50am