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Swing votes for same-sex marriage

Some of the delegates who struggled, and ultimately supported legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland

Name:

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Del. Tiffany Alston,

Prince George's County

Democrat

Age:

34

A reason:

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Amendment she proposed protecting referendum was adopted

Quote:

"It is time for us to move beyond this issue."

Name:

Del. Pam Beidle,

Anne Arundel County

Democrat

Age:

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60

A reason:

Concerned gay families don't have the same rights as straight families.

Quote:

"I just really thought about the issue."

Name:

Del. John Bohanan,

St. Mary's County

Democrat

Age:

53

A reason:

Confidence that measure would go to referendum.

Quote:

"Let the people of Maryland decide."

Name:

Del. Robert A. Costa, Anne Arundel County Republican

Age:

53

A reason:

Philosophical belief in small government.

Quote:

"If this is a sin, let God decide, not the state."

Name:

Del. A. Wade Kach,

Baltimore County

Republican

Age:

64

A reason:

Moved by stories of same-sex couples in a hearing

Quote:

"We must do is what we think is right and what we think will be a greater benefit to the state of Maryland."

Name:

Del.

John Olszewski

, Baltimore County Democrat

Age:

29

A reason:

Worked with O'Malley administration for stronger religious protections.

Quote:

"To go another day denying full rights to all Marylanders would be a disgrace."

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