Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a Democrat, denounced efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the state in a Wednesday radio interview.
Miller said the marriage bill amounts to an “attack on traditional families.”
“I don’t want to sound like one of the Republican candidates for president, but I am what I am. My mother and father were married for 50 years, I got 5 children, I got 13 grandchildren, I’m a traditionalist.”
He noted that he committed to bring the bill to a vote last year, which passed the Senate, 25-22. It was pulled in the House when supporters determined they didn’t have the votes to pass it.
The Maryland legislative session began today in Annapolis and the marriage bill has a prominent new booster in Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Miller claimed — erroneously — that Catholic Charities is “out of business” in Massachusetts as a result of that state’s marriage equality law. Catholic Charities, of course, has opted to stop providing adoption services rather than abide by non-discrimination laws. It’s a false claim advanced this week by none other than Newt Gingrich. So Miller does indeed sound like one of the Republicans running for president.
Miller also predicted the bill would be overturned in a referendum if it passes.
It’s a disappointing way to start the session, when there’s so much optimism and energy around passing both the marriage and gender identity and expression non-discrimination bills. Of course, Miller sabotaged the trans rights bill last year, too.
“Mike Miller wants it dead, it’s that simple,” Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk told the Blade in an interview last year regarding the trans bill. “Out of 94 bills that the House passed and sent to the Senate in a timely fashion, this was the only bill that went to the Rules Committee — the only bill,” she said. The Rules Committee is where bills are sent to die.
Supporters of both bills should speak out and denounce Miller’s offensive and inaccurate comments. They are divisive and unnecessary. He is a dinosaur who came to office 40 years ago. He should keep his mouth shut and get out of the way of progress. Marriage equality is inevitable and Miller is, as usual, on the wrong side of history.
(Think Progress has audio of the interview here. )