An endorsement no one should want

Among the various groups devoted to opposing same-sex marriage, the group associated with Robert Broadus called Protect Marriage Maryland stands out for its intense hostility toward gay people, its very explicit grounding of that hostility in religious doctrine, and its willingness to use invective seldom found in polite company any more. Its website refers to the rise of same-sex marriage as “rebellion against God,” and denounces “the folly of attempting to accommodate those who practice Sodomy,” which it calls a “sinful lifestyle” and “abomination.” During Del. Heather Mizeur’s unsuccessful bid for governor, it criticized her running mate, the Rev. Delman Coates, for “running for Lieutenant Governor on the ticket of an openly lesbian woman.”

Can you believe there are Maryland politicians who covet the endorsement of a group like this — who send back its questionnaire hoping to get its seal of approval? If they are candidates who present themselves as pro-business, what do they think of being endorsed by a group that calls for boycotts of a long list of major companies it deems too gay-friendly, including such major Maryland employers as PNC Bank, Marriott, and Home Depot?

Here’s a list of the PMM endorsees who made it onto the November ballot. (Many lost in the primary, including PMM’s only gubernatorial endorsee, Republican Charles Lollar.) Because PMM has not published (at least not where I can find them) the contents of the questionnaire, we are left to imagine what sorts of commitments and promises were needed to get the highest recommendation, “Very Strong,” from PMM. (The other levels of recommendation are “Strong” and “Good.”) To seek out PMM’s endorsement — thus making common electoral cause with those who denounce gays as an “abomination” — says much about a candidate’s judgment, and what it says is not good.

[all candidates Republican unless otherwise noted]

U.S. CONGRESS

District 7 — Corrogan Vaughn

STATE SENATE

District 4 – Michael Hough, Very Strong
26 – Kelley Howells, Very Strong
28 — Allen Donnelly, Very Strong
29 – Steve Waugh, Very Strong
34 – Bob Cassilly, Very Strong

HOUSE OF DELEGATES

District 1C – Mike McKay, Very Strong
2A – Neil Parrott, Strong
3A – Victoria Wilkins, Very Strong
5 – Susan Krebs, Very Strong
5 – Justin Ready, Very Strong
6 – Jake Mohorovic (Dem), Strong
9A – Warren Miller, Strong
10 – William Newton, Very Strong
16 – John Andrews, Very Strong
21 – Kathy Butcher, Good
24 – Cy Okoro, Strong
29B – Deb Rey, Very Strong
29C – Tony O’Donnell, Strong
31B – Meagan Simonaire, Very Strong
32 – Mark Chang (Dem), Very Strong
33- Tony McConkey, Very Strong
42B – Susan Aumann, Very Strong
46 – Roger Bedingfield, Very Strong

[EDITED TO ADD:]

PMM also endorses candidates for county council/commissioner, but its endorsement levels for that level of office include only “Strong” and “Good.” Here are the ones who made it onto the November ballot (all “Strong” and all Republican Party unless otherwise noted).

Anne Arundel 1 – Bill Heine
Anne Arundel 3 – Theresa Martin (Dem)
Anne Arundel 4 – Chike Anwanyu
Baltimore 2 – Rudy Stoler (“Good”)
Frederick At-Large – Bud Otis
Frederick 5 – Kirby Delauter
Prince George’s 6 – Kenn Blanchard (“Good”)
Washington At-Large – LeRoy Myers
Worcester 4 – Ted Elder

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5 responses to “An endorsement no one should want

  1. TJB

    Mark Chang: you should be ashamed. Your anti-gay stance is UNACCEPTABLE!!!

  2. Walter Olson

    PMM also endorses candidates for county council/commissioner, but its endorsement levels for that level of office include only “Strong” and “Good.” Here are the ones that made it onto the November ballot (all “Strong” and all Republican Party unless otherwise noted).

    Anne Arundel 1 – Bill Heine
    Anne Arundel 3 – Theresa Martin (Dem)
    Anne Arundel 4 – Chike Anwanyu
    Baltimore 2 – Rudy Stoler (“Good”)
    Frederick At-Large – Bud Otis
    Frederick 5 – Kirby Delauter
    Prince George’s 6 – Kenn Blanchard (“Good”)
    Washington At-Large – LeRoy Myers
    Worcester 4 – Ted Elder

  3. Rudy Stoler here: I was unaware of this endorsement, though I did fill out their questionnaire (as I try to do for any citizen). My perspective on marriage is essentially libertarian. As councilman, I will enforce the laws currently on the books, forced upon us by the state & federal government, but I will not support any pressure on religious institutions to change their definition of marriage.

  4. Bill Heine

    Bill Heine here: I also was unaware of their endorsement. I filled out their questionnaire, but I fill out the questionnaire for every group that is sent to me. I personally support the right that anyone should be free to marry whom every they wish.

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