Maryland’s GOP Senate Leader hopes gay colleagues don’t take debate ‘personally’

As we’ve noted, the Senate in Maryland will start the debate today on the “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Act” — and it is expected to run into Thursday. Our side has the 24 votes needed to pass the bill, but the debate could get ugly. The top GOPer in the Senate doesn’t want gay legislators to take it “personally”:

Minority Leader Nancy Jacobs, a Republican leading opposition to the bill, said she believes “only a handful” of GOP members will stand up and speak against the bill. She said she’s expecting speeches from a small group of Democrats who oppose the bill.

Like others, she expressed a desire for the debate to be civil.

“We all love our gay friends in the House and the Senate,” Jacobs said. “I hope and pray that this does not get personal and does not get taken personally.”

Now why would the gays elected to serve in the House and Senate take it personally to have their colleagues claiming they shouldn’t be able to share in the same rights? How typical and sickening for a Republican to smugly argue they want to continue to discriminate but hope “the gays” don’t take it personally. Another thing I’d like my Republican “friends” to know. If they don’t want me to have equal rights, they can “love me” all they want but I won’t be “loving them” back. I just don’t believe in that form of “love” that is strangely synonymous with what would otherwise be known as hate. In fact, that is a very funny definition of love for them to deny us our basic human rights. Actions speak louder than words, Ms. Jacobs.

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