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Klausmeier to Support Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Two more county senators throw support behind controversial bill.

Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, a Perry Hall Democrat, said she plans to vote in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriages in Maryland.

Klausmeier said she made the decision after talking to her family, friends and members of the clergy.

"It's an issue of fairness," said Klausmeier, who grew up Catholic but said the bill as written will not force ministers of any religion to perform same-sex marriages if they do not want to.

Klausmeier said she made her decision last week after speaking with a friend about the issue  who "came in and said, 'My mother would really like it if I were able to get married.'"

"That really hit home for me," Klausmeier said. "I could be that mother."

Klausmeier is one of two state senators who represent the county who now say they will support a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in Maryland.

Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, who represents the 12th District that includes Catonsville and Arbutus, is also said to now support the bill.

Kasemeyer did not return a call seeking comment but he told The Baltimore Sun on Valentine's Day that he will vote for the bill.

Last week, Sen. Jim Brochin, a Towson Democrat, said of the same bill after years of opposing efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.

Klausmeier and Brochin both represent districts that lean Democrat but tend to be conservative.

Klausmeier said she wasn't sure how her decision would be received in her district, which includes Perry Hall, Parkville and Overlea.

"I'm trying to keep as low a profile on this as I can," said Klausmeier. "This issue is pretty controversial. I think there would be blow back from either side no matter what I decided to do."

Tim Anderson March 12, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Terri, I did not name call . I did not Did you? Did I hit a nerve? The truth has a tendency to do that. I wonder why the rage. Why the attack? I sense guilt or dis-ease. How is calling someone an idiot and hinting "falsely" that they have gay tendencies "polite". I am hardly an ill-educated, bigoted, backward, hateful individual. If ever got to know me you might not say such mean spirited things. I am available to meet you any Sunday at 10:00 am, St. Timothy's on Ingleside Ave. .... Jesus Loves You Whether You Like It or Not
Terri Czarski March 12, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Tim Anderson, Yes, you hit a nerve. The nerve you hit is my "irritated by people living in the dark ages" nerve.As an intelligent, educated person who also believes in a higher power, I know that the claptrap you espouse , is just that-claptrap. Cloak yourself in whatever misreading of the Bible you want to, but try a bit harder to wrap your brain around the fact that in this country, there is separation of Church and state. You words reveal you to be a bigot. Sorry the truth hurts you so.
Tim Anderson March 12, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Terri, What higher power is there than the Holy Trinity, God Jesus + the Holy Spirit? None :) The dark ages are those times someone lives their life without the grace that God gave us through the sacrifice of his Son Jesus Christ. You are right I must be fool ... a nobody.... "Isn't is obvious that God deliberately chose men and women the culture overlook and exploits and abuses, chose these "nobodies" to expose the hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"?.... Everything that we have- right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start- comes from God by way of Jesus Christ." 1 Cor 28-30 The Message
Terri Czarski March 12, 2011 at 08:37 PM
At your invitation, I checked out the St. Timothy's website and spent a fair amount of time reading the vision statement by the pastor. I see that your church is a proponent of "regeneration" ministry that assumes ( wrongly) that gay people are depressed and unhappy and want to be cured. So , I suppose you just adhere to the misguided and damaging teachings of your pastor without applying independent thought. If that makes you happy, so be it. However, to the extent gay people ever are that depressed and unhappy, it has been my experience that the root of the unhappiness is being treated like second class citizens by some members of the community, such as yourself. So , I'll take a pass on attending your church. I prefer a church where I and my family are accepted as whole persons and beloved children of God.
Terri Czarski March 13, 2011 at 12:44 AM
You are entitled to believe whatever you choose to believe, no matter how misguided . That is the beauty of our Constitution . However, that same Constitution is clear that your religious beliefs should not interfere with my civil rights. Let's think about it this way. What if I belonged to a Church that had as part of its core doctrine the firmly held belief that ONLY gay people should marry their same sex partners? I am sure that you would not appreciate my church telling you that your feelings of love for your opposite sex partner should not be held equal under the laws of the state. Before you scoff, that is no more ridiculous than the beliefs of some other "religions" that are recognized as legitimate by our government ( I hesitate to poke fun at some of them but the one Tom Cruise belongs to comes to mind. Research how Scientology came to be. It will give you some good belly laughs.)

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