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NOM testimony against Maryland marriage equality has unintended effect

NOM testimony against Maryland marriage equality has unintended effect
James Brochin

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings committee heard 7 hours of testimony on Tuesday on whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage, and testimony from at least one marriage equality opponent has had an unintended consequence.

Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore), one of the few Senate Democrats who opposed same-sex marriage, is reconsidering changing his position after listening to testimony from Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization For Marriage (NOM)

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Baltimore County Sen. James Brochin found the testimony Tuesday by opponents of gay marriage “troubling,” and said this morning that he may support the bill. The Baltimore County Democrat had previously said he was against same-sex marriage.

“The demonization of gay families really bothered me,” Brochin said. “Are these families going to continue to be treated by the law as second class citizens?”

On Tuesday, Gallagher testified before the Committee that 99% of the population is heterosexual, instead of the more accurate (and conservative) estimate of 90%, and that “more than 99% of the people who create children” do so “through acts of sexual passion.”

Watch here, courtesy of Metro Weekly:

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