So here’s a sort-of-heartwarming little tidbit from the happy news that marriage equality passed in Maryland:
A chance shake-up of Maryland House of Delegates seating assignments brought Republican Wade Kach face to face with gay couples who had come to make the case for a gay marriage law, and might have proved decisive in its final passage through the state’s General Assembly on Thursday.
In an effort to get the bill to the House floor, a special joint committee was formed and legislators were left scrambling for seats. Kach, who had previously backed attempts to define marriage as between one man and one woman, found a space right next to the witness table.
“I saw with so many of the gay couples, they were so devoted to another. I saw so much love,” he said. “When this hearing was over, I was a changed person in regard to this issue. I felt that I understood what same sex couples were looking for.”
A week later, Kach voted for the gay marriage bill on the floor of the House of Delegates, one of only two Republicans to do so.
On the one hand, I think it’s wonderful that a Republican was able to look at a bunch of people in love and see… people in love, not sexual deviants plotting to destroy the sacred institution of marriage. And better yet, that he had the courage to buck his party by changing his belief system and voting his new heart.
But on the other hand, why should it be such a revelation that couples who are fighting so tenaciously for the right to marry would be deeply in love with each other? Love may not be the only reason that people get married, but I hear it’s a very popular one.