Monday, June 19, 2006

Gay Rights Ehrlich?

Discrimination has no place in the Ehrlich administration.

Well, at least that's the message. Last week, Ehrlich fired Robert J. Smith, one of his appointees to the Washington region's Metro transit authority board, after Smith called gay people deviants. Upon getting rid of the homophob, Ehrlich sounded like a true champion for ending discrimination when he said "Robert Smith's comments were highly inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable," according to The Post.

Unfortunately, Ehrlich's history shows a very different story. Last year, Ehrlich vetoed two bills that would have expanded rights for same-sex couples, including the right to make medical decisions for one's partner and another that would have allowed co-ownership of properties. For no good reason, Ehrlich decided that he personally would deny rights to some Marylanders just because they're gay.

If Ehrlich is going to live up to his own standards of appropriateness, sensitivity and acceptability, he needs to change course. Its easy to fire a religious right whacko who can't keep his mouth shut. Its doing the right thing when its not easy that counts.

from The League: Reassembled

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