January 28, 2011 | by Kevin Naff
In Md., Sen. Miller gets smacked down

Kudos to Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks for his thorough take-down of Maryland State Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller over the issue of marriage equality.

Miller, the Senate president who has been in office for 40 years, opposes same-sex marriage and civil unions and told the Sun that marriage is “blessed by God” and meant to further pro-creation.

Rodricks writes: “Mr. Miller, who has been in Annapolis so long they’ve already named a building after him, apparently thinks it’s OK to openly state religious belief to support a position on state law — and so much for the principle of separation.

“One assumes Mr. Miller, who entered the bar in 1967, took a constitutional law course when he was a student at the University of Maryland School of Law, and he can probably recall Jefferson’s references to “a wall of separation between church and state,” and even a few Supreme Court decisions upholding the principle. … The only argument against same-sex marriage is a religious one — and, therefore, no argument at all in a constitutional democracy where separation is cherished.”

The good news is that Miller has agreed not to stand in the way of a vote and will oppose an expected GOP-led filibuster. The second piece of good news is that the state’s mainstream media outlets are helping the cause by (finally) holding accountable those standing in the way of progress.

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

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