Thursday, March 03, 2011

Sen. Karen Montgomery on Marriage Equality

Having been a new teacher when the schools were first integrated in Baltimore, it saddens me to hear the same arguments being used against this marriage bill as were against school integration.

More importantly, we as a state have already forgotten that there were anti-miscegenation laws-- laws in Maryland --that prohibited blacks and whites or any inter-racial couple, to marry. There were statements that our society would crumble if this abomination were to occur. Today the argument is that only a man and a woman can marry, as only they can produce children. Well, a marriage between a black and white heterosexual couple could produce children--- but that marriage was forbidden by law as destructive to society. Any mixed race couple had to go out of state to marry.

The parallels are there. Let's pass this law.