Ruppersberger, who previously did not respond to a Blade survey on the marriage referendum, said he is “moving slowly in the direction you would like” but is undecided at this time. He mentioned that he has sought counsel from a number of constituents as well as his family on both sides of the issue. Among the opponents are African-American pastors from large churches who are “dead set against gay marriage.” He promised to disclose how he would vote when he eventually reached a decision.
Ruppersberger’s 2nd Congressional District includes parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties as well as a small portion of Baltimore City. He noted that Harford County and the Baltimore County areas of Dundalk and Essex are particularly conservative, and support for same-sex marriage would not go over well. Nonetheless, it’s still an open issue for him.
Republican State Sen. Nancy Jacobs (Harford), who stepped down from her leadership position to run for Congress, is a likely opponent in November. She has one of the most anti-LGBT voting records in the legislature and is a leader in opposing same-sex marriage.