July 10, 2014 | by Michael K. Lavers
Hogan will not seek repeal of Md. marriage law
Larry Hogan, Maryland, gay news, Washington Blade

Larry Hogan (Photo by Marrh2; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan told the Washington Post last month he would not seek to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law if elected governor.

“The voters of Maryland have already decided this issue,” he said.

Public records indicate that neither Hogan, who was a member of former Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s administration, nor his running mate, Boyd Rutherford, signed the petition that prompted a 2012 referendum on Maryland’s same-sex marriage law.

Hogan said in a Baltimore Sun editorial board questionnaire before the June 24 primary that he opposes the transgender rights bill that Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law in May.

The Republican has yet to respond to the Blade’s repeated interview requests.

Hogan on June 24 easily defeated Harford County Executive David Craig, state Del. Ron George (R-Anne Arundel County) and former congressional candidate Charles Lollar in the Republican gubernatorial primary. He will face off against Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown — who backed both the same-sex marriage and trans rights laws — in the general election.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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  • Beware of Republicans running for Governor who say they won’t do any harm to the GLBT community if elected. Mitt Romney first ran against Senator Edward Kennedy for his seat in the Senate claiming to be more supportive on our issues than Kennedy.

    Later Romney said if elected Governor of Massachusetts he would not oppose marriage equality before the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled it was a legal right. It was said he made the promise to the GLBT community because he never thought the right for Gay and Lesbians to marry would never become a legal reality so he would not have to put up. It wad due to that promise that the community supported his election.

    We saw once Romney became Governor that he became a leading foe of marriage equality not allowing trying to take away that right for the citizens of the state but also going so far as writing a WSJ editorial urging all Governors to oppose it. He also lead the charge to prevent people from other states legally marry in Massachusetts based on a law on the books that said if your marriage isn’t legal in your home state, you can’t marry in Massachusetts. He was just using the Governorship as a stepping stone for his Presidential ambitions.

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