I sat down to watch the Republican National Convention tonight, but it's just Antiques Roadshow reruns-disappointing but much better for my blood pressure. I've been musing lately about how hard it must be to be a Log Cabin Republican right now, but at least they can still party.
In local news, Maryland has finalized the language for Question 6: "The Civil Marriage Protection Act." The language of the Act reads:
"Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license,
provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects
clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in
violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith
has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who
may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations
and certain related entities are not required to provide goods,
services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or
promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs."
Rather than voting Yes or No on 6, Marylanders will be voting For or Against-tricky. So far, public discussion has seemed muted. I haven't seen any television ads or heard any radio ads. I don't know if that silence is due to a lack of money, or if it's strategy. It could be that money is harder to come by during a presidential election year, but you would think people would still have plenty of money to throw at a gay marriage vote. Maybe the anti side is hoping people will vote without thinking too hard, and the pro side is trying to run a quiet grassroots campaign that won't rally the other side.
Marylanders for Marriage Equality still seems to be running a smart, interesting campaign. Check out this video to see a bunch of Marylanders supporting marriage.