Gay Marriage Passes in Maryland; Twitter Awaits Santorum’s Reaction

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Rick Santorum must now gay marry his microphone.

The Maryland Senate passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage that the House also passed last week, which the governor will now sign shortly, hooray! This makes Maryland the first state with a direct reference to Catholicism in its name to legalize gay marriage and the eighth state to do so overall, which immediately forced Virginia to also advance an anti-gay adoption bill today as a bulwark against common sense spreading any further south of the Mason-Dixon line. Twitter, meanwhile, is growing agitated that Rick Santorum has not yet issued a reaction that is gravely offensive to the basic principles of decency for it to mock. Come on, he did it for the Ninth Circuit ruling against California’s Proposition 8! Did someone forget to put another quarter in the squawking toy clown’s butt?

Comedy demands your imbecile response, Rick!

Let us also briefly note that some people are going to argue that gay rights activists “owe” zombie virus Dick Cheney a “thank you,” because he reportedly privately lobbied a Maryland GOP legislator or two to vote for the bill. He has a gay daughter, remember? So those possessed of a short-term memory might think, “eh, he at least did one thing right” instead of doing the only possible moral thing whenever his name comes up, picturing an Iraqi toddler with her limbs blown off. The thank-you notes go to the legions of activists who work on these issues every day to support and advance gay marriage without engineering the murder of thousands of civilians or promoting torture and war crimes. [WaPo]

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      1. FROTHY

        Hmm. I wonder … you know, ntDewey pointed out that every time I assume some Republican pol's av/id, he crashes shortly after.

        I wonder if Santorum's actually responsible for all this pro-gay legislation being passed.

        Anybody know where he's headed next? And if they have any rights bills up for vote?

        1. Designer_Rants

          Like, everyone (save that permanent 20% of wingnuts) thinks he's such an asshole, that they figure, "Ya know, since I can't literally poke him in the eye with a stick, I'll support gay and abortion rights to figuratively do it." even though they could usually care less about anything that's not PlayStation or football if it weren't for Santorum's nasty face agitating the populace lately.

          1. FROTHY

            No, more like either some wonderful quantum mechanical explanation that indicates that some of his component atoms interacted at various phases with the component atoms of other beings all over the nation (ew), and those atoms continue to interact, despite their now great separation, and they are so repulsed by him, as it were, that they bring about this tide of events that sort of creates an *anti*-santorum, if you will.

            Either that, or magic. But SOMEthing, yaknow?

          2. Designer_Rants

            I like your idea better, cuz atoms. I explained atoms and nuclear fusion to my 4yr old daughter recently when we watched a documentary, and now she explains everything to us in terms of atoms, how the atoms in her feet were affected when she jumped off her bed, how atoms fly out of her toenails, but if she paints her toenails, then it's like closing the door, and they don't like that…. So I'm very open to atom-based explanations right now.

          3. Designer_Rants

            Sorry, I need to figure it out. It's my blog, and about 2 wks ago on Chrome browser it gave me that warning. I don't know WTF it is, but I think it's some spam commenter who left a link that got indexed by Google. Ugh. I can't have anything nice.

            Edit: Anyone else with a wordpress domain blog who knows about a virus scan plugin? Also, I installed "Intense Debate" and about a week later this virus thing happened… did that knock sumthin' loose?

          4. FROTHY

            I think it's just because FUKUI-SAN'S BRAND-NEW BIGGER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE'S AND BETTER computer is brand-new and bigger and better than mine, dood.

          5. Fukui-sanYesOta

            The last thing I want is for you thinking I'm some kind of boastful cunt. It wasn't meant that way.

            Meh, too serious for our wonkete. Get well soon, frothy-san.

          6. bagofmice

            The entire point of a virus is to operate in an unexpected manner. Discovery of unexpected behavior is in fact the animus to explore/exploit that fact of the execution engine.

          7. Designer_Rants

            I got that "red screen of death" from Chrome a couple wks ago, and it referred vaguely to an ip address. I looked at various recent comments and didn't see it. Then I ignored/proceeded and haven't got the warning since. I'm going to dig in deeper tomorrow and start looking up any warnings (also got one about some javascript from one of my "WordPress approved" plugins…) and Google them to find out my next move.

          8. bagofmice

            That's known as a kernel panic. The responsible modules and offsets should be listed, and holy hell, how old is your OS?

          9. James Michael Curley

            From a battle I had early in last fall's election cycle with candidate websites, first using wordpress.org to create a blog and then scrapping that to go back to Mickysoft and installing "Intense Debate" resulted in some of the jumpy, poor display problems people complain about here. I had my host move the VisualStudio version to another server and everything cleared up. Also, there was talk about a wordpress blog virus a few months ago, check out your favorite virus scan data base.

          10. Designer_Rants

            Unfortunately, I'm always just stupid enough to think I can fix computer/internet problems myself (not proven out by history). So I tried 2 different scanners last night, but they wanted me to pay for services after they found "activity". Something about an iframe. I switched back to Disqus for now. I'm just throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks, if that's not obvious.

          11. James Michael Curley

            Looking at your blog's code it calls a lot of Java Script. You mentioned Iframe in another reply which is used as part of a name in several different file naming processes and doesn't apply only to Apple. Check to see in your Java runtime is up to day (Version 6 Update 30 is close to the latest). Check to see, while on http://www.java.com if your version of Win7 will accept Java 64 bit (the Java site will check for you) Since you are using Chrome that will probably coexist with all versions of Java. Consider signing up for a Google email account (remember Chrome is Google) as Chrome will be updated automatically if you do. Chrome required updates have been extremely rare so it may be easier to just re install the latest version from Google. If you are running any Citrix clients or one of their products like "Go to my PC" There was a conflict I was getting which disappeared when I decided I've paid too many dues already to have to do in the office computer work at home, so I got rid of all my Citrix connections.

            After all that, there are still wordpress issues which I haven't fully exorcised from my home computer and occasionally I open up Wonkette and it tries to call a wordpress.org function. I don't know if anyone else in Wonkette gets a similar problem. It seems to happen when Wonkette is loading slow. Briefly a wordpress blog comment client shows up before it disappears and the IntenseDebate comment shows up.

            This happens both at home and at work. I never installed any wordpress at work so I am inclined to believe it is a Wonkette problem but our Overlords have been silent on this.

          12. mayor_quimby

            That is an awesome child atom theory. My 3.5 yr old godson explained to me that water guns are like hoses, so you can wash your car with them, but dvd's are circles, but not balls that you can play with
            Makes sense to me, does it. To you?

        2. flamingpdog

          I think he's on the Highway to Hell.

          That would be State Highway 666. We used to have one of those here in the Square State until the religitards got the DOT to change the designation from 666 to 491. True fact.

          1. flamingpdog

            I think one of our Teatard-beloved Founding Fathers put it best:

            "It is between fifty and sixty years since I read it [the Apocalypse], and I then considered it merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams."
            -Thomas Jefferson, letter to General Alexander Smyth, Jan. 17, 1825

          2. FROTHY

            Oh geebus, like, WTF are these morons even on about, half the time? I believe that wearing white boots on my ears will cause women everywhere to fall in love with me. How is that any less moronic than the shit these people believe? Honestly, I want to believe in god so I can run for the position and just wipe these fuckers out for being stupid.

          3. tessiee

            "I believe that wearing white boots on my ears will cause women everywhere to fall in love with me."

            We're all in love with you already.

          4. FROTHY

            I shoulda known you'd be looking at her thighs, not her eyes. She's always had a fabulous body, but it doesn't do it for me. I like the Sophia Loren types more. Little more flesh and curve.

          5. FROTHY

            So, uh, can I come stay with you this weekend, dood? 'Cos I think I just broke YouTube.

            Oh, no, wait, it's up again, he he. I'll just go see how that, um, gorgeous li'l lady is doing. BRB.

          6. FROTHY

            I know, dood. I worked on the first ever iteration of the InnerNetz. We spent a lot of time figuring out how to commercialize that big beautiful thing. Goddammit.

          7. James Michael Curley

            I remember reading that. Are you in Wyoming? I don't know if that or CO is called the Square State. For me I call any state that doesn't have several Bruce Springsteen concerts a year a Square State.

            I remember driving west to Cheyenne and being amazed that as level as it looked I was going up this hill that was close to a hundred miles long. In such a situation I totally underestimated my gas supply, 1947 MG-TC, no gas gauge.

          8. flamingpdog

            I'm in Colorado. The rise west of Cheyenne is steeper, but still so long and relatively gentle compated to the rise west of Denver that it's call the Gangplank.

          9. James Michael Curley

            I remember that. I also remember a trip leading up to the Eisenhower Tunnel when the traffic was stop and go and; by looking at the surroundings, I thought I would keep it in neutral and let off the brake and go forward and I rolled into the guy behind me. Fortunately one can not do much damage to a Kenworth with a Karmin Ghia.

    1. Terry

      The Virginians have thought that Maryland was full of Satanists since colonial times as the Maryland is the Papist State and not founded by supposed cavaliers. It's interesting to note that those prestigious cavaliers who landed at Jamestown didn't have enough sense to make friends with the Native people rather than pissing them off. This resulted in the Jamestown settlement starving inside their stockade wall while the Native people took pot shots over the top with arrows.

      1. James Michael Curley

        One of the first US Supreme Court tests of the supremacy of the Interstate Commerce Clause was whether Virginia could continue to enforce a toll at their southern border which had been legislated before the constitution was adopted to regulate the traffic of the heathen Papists from NC. Unfortunately, if I remember correctly, Marshall said they could (mumbling profanities under his breath as he reads his monthly EZ-Pass bill).

        I wonder if Little Ricky and the Georgia Salamander realize that if they get everything back to their precious original origins of this country they will likely get thrown in jail in several statesfor being Catholic.

        1. Terry

          Little Ricky and the Georgia Salamander would have to move to Maryland, Rhode Island, or Pennsylvania, basically. Maryland doesn't pick on the Gheys and brown people enough. Rhode Island is ethnic, crooked, and run by political machines on which neither Ricky nor Newty would have much influence. Pennsylvania ran Little Ricky out on an 18 point rail, so neither his nor Newty's message may resonate well.

          Basically, they'd be screwed and I wouldn't have a bit of sympathy for them.

  1. Numbat_Dundee

    Future Iraqi toddlers will have their limbs blown off by soldiers who may be openly gay and married. No doubt they will be greatful for this consolation and will praise Cheney, as should we all.

  2. memzilla

    Sooo… what, we can still bomb teh brown people, just not the gay ones?

    This is going to require a very special targeting algorithm, and maybe a nice Shiraz.

          1. Negropolis

            Meh. We corrupt all kinds of sayings and foreign words. You'd have fainted if you lived in Des Plaines, Illinois and heard how they say the name.

          2. BerkeleyBear

            And they don't even want to know about Brazil or Peru, Indiana. I swear I lived in the state for years hearing the names of those towns on local news and I never would have guessed they were spelled like their South American counterparts.

          3. Negropolis

            You haven't heard anything until you've heard Saline (Suh-leen), Caro (Kay-roh), Bois Blanc (Bob-low), Delhi (Dehl-high), Orion (Oh-ree-uhn), etc…here in Michigan. The Midwest just absolutely butchers foreign names.

  3. FakaktaSouth

    Aw, their song is so appropriate tonight! Go Terrapins, and good on ya Maryland!

    Remember Howard's warlike thrust,-
    And all they slumberers with the just, Maryland! My Maryland!

      1. FakaktaSouth

        I'm saying they're talking to Chris Christie (and about gettin' nekid) now!

        "She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb-
        Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
        She breathes! she burns! she'll come! she'll come!
        Maryland! My Maryland!"

        1. James Michael Curley

          Don't EVAH prophesize Christie gettin nekid. Millions of us from NJ live close enough to the shore to go all lemmings with that image.

      1. flamingpdog

        Relax, dooood, I lived inside the Beltway for 18.5 years and never once did I ever hear anyone sing that stupid song. I never even saw the words anywhere until sometime in the last couple of years on the internetz. You heard "Dixie" a lot more.

        1. FROTHY

          This is supposed to make me *relax*? It's not like "Dixie" is, you know, significantly more endearing to those of my various persuasions, dood.

        2. GunToting[Redacted]

          I went to UMD for grad school, and it took me several months to work out why the college chapel's bell tower played "O Tannenbaum" at the top of every hour.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        I've had a weird thing for ol' Roy since his Kansas days. Just do my worn-down Alabama basketball loving soul a favor and beat Kentucky.

        1. littlebigdaddy

          True story: Roy was a student of my father, who was on the faculty of UNC. Sadly, I have not kept in touch.

        1. finallyhappy

          I thought we were the Old Line State??? And I am represented by the only openly gay state senator in Md- go, Rich!

          1. superdave

            According to Wikipedia, Maryland has multiple nicknames: The Old Line State, The Free State, The Chesapeake Bay State, and The Frothy State. Or something like that.

    1. Terry

      The sixth verse involves Marylanders coming to the rescue of Virginians. The BEST line in that song, one that's often omitted, involves scraping the Northern scum off the streets of Baltimore. Honestly, I don't think that northern scum is necessarily Baltimore's biggest problem.

  4. bagofmice

    Seriously, this intense debate platform makes me want to go full on black hat. The fury is generated by the cookie bullshit. My session has expired? Fuck you, I'm making a goddamned joke, not a bank deposit.

    I say this as an engineer of distributed REST systems for fortune 500 companies. Seriously, a temporal aspect on the friggin cookies for commenting? seriously.

    1. Fukui_sanYesOta

      I've never had that problem. I can leave it weeks and still comment. This is Firefox 10 on OSX – it doesn't even forget between firefox version upgrades.

      </nerd>

      signed, a fellow distributed REST system developer

      1. bagofmice

        Try to hit the timeout barrier. Like leave a page open for four hours before hitting reply on a post. The friggin thing pops up its window and says “denied”. If it weren't too late already, I would debug it, as this falls into the category of debuggal things.So much fury at the timeout. So much.Thanks

        1. Fare la Volpe

          It's pretty easy to fix. Just copy what you were going to type, refresh the page, then re-submit it. It's annoying, yeah, but I've dealt with far worse in the past (at least ID doesn't log you out of your account every time you close a window).

          1. bagofmice

            Of course, but re-expanding the comment thread is kind of annoying. I mean seriously, I have to copy, expand, paste and post to make a dick joke?
            Heh, expand and paste.

      2. FROTHY

        It doesn't kick you out of the system. It just tells you that your session has timed out when you try to comment.

        I am SO fucking jealous, btw. I might have to purchase a new computer to soothe my wounded ego.

        1. Fukui-sanYesOta

          I am SO fucking jealous, btw. I might have to purchase a new computer to soothe my wounded ego.

          This computer is three years old mate – I'm not exactly bragging about the size of my pentium.

          edit: ffs, my parents have a better computer than this and I'm allegedly a professional

          1. FROTHY

            Wow, that's sad, dood.

            Of course, I'm running some Windoze PoS that still finds ways to freeze and hang every hour on the hour, but who's complaining?

            Break down and get yourself a better computer, so you can ship that ancient wreck to me. I'll give it a loving home.

        2. bagofmice

          THAT is why it is so, re, slo, silly? My session expired? It's fookin http, we're not sharing a key, what in the hell is a commenting session?

    2. Guppy

      I suspect it's just a generic error thrown by the system; after all, Ye Olde F5 Key makes the error go away.

      My guess is that it's the displayed comments that are stale, and it's done to minimize the likelihood of responding to an already-deleted comment.

      1. bagofmice

        The thing is that f5 in your browser just resends the last http get. if you took >5 minutes to type the snark, you could lose the entire message, browser be determinant.

      2. bagofmice

        It's not a 500. I can debug this however. Just not right now, while filled with alcohol and rage. It's enough to drive one to drink.

    3. FlownOver

      Mine doesn't give me a time out warning or notice. Occasionally, with no evident correlation with anything, I just find I have no comment window and have to log in. This, incidentally, requires me to enter username and password in order to get a "LOGIN FAILED" message, but that message includes a link to a page with a WordPress option that lets me re-type the unsername and password. This takes me to a page from which I can get back to the Wonket front page, where I can select the post in question and THEN get to a comment box.

      All this, just so I can ask "Do you know who ELSE…" four or five times a day.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        That's how it works for me (also FF/OS-X). But instead of logging back in, you can just click on your user name, then return to the comment section and pick up where you left off. Makes no sense, if you think about it … so I don't.

    4. WiscDad

      Only happened to me once…not a big deal since I'm usually on with my work laptop while connected to the proxy server which contains a dynamic blacklist and is locked down to every site that appears as a blog. I feel fortunate.

  5. Fukui-sanYesOta

    Good on ya, Maryland.

    Somewhere Rick Santorum has looked up from a laptop showing "Hot Twinks And Sugar Daddies" and said "wut?" as his daughter cries in a corner.

    I'm sure we'll hear from Pope Rick in due course.

      1. Designer_Rants

        "Sploosh" only reminds me of Pam from "Archer". I was catching up on old episodes the other day and she was getting worked up about Burt Reynolds and said "You could drown a toddler in my panties right now." I LOLed and pledged that I won't let so many episodes stack up in the DVR from now on.

  6. Mahousu

    Santorum's house in Leesburg is not far from the Maryland border. Soon the tide of gayness will be creeping into his town, surging down his street, lapping at his very doorstep, inching inexorably upward, aching to envelop him and his family in its warm, sticky embrace. Resist as they will, before too long, they will yield, and then – the experimentation will begin.

    1. gullywompr

      Thankfully, he no longer lives here (moved to nearby Great Falls). Although, on a windless day, you can still tell that he once did.

      1. Negropolis

        I'd think you'd be able to tell on a particularly windy day. I tell you, I've smelled an abandoned cow pasture on both a wet day, and a windy, dry day when all of the shit is whipped up and spread over town.

  7. DrOzarkZ.Hellbender

    Blessed Mother* is definitely crying over this one.

    * This term is a legacy of my Catholic childhood–my mom had a habit of describing almost any music that moved her as "sounding like a lost soul crying out for God" and the like. When she found out I'd left the Church, her exact words were "It would be better if you had died–at least then I'd know you were in Heaven." We sort of reconciled before she died, some 23 years ago…after many years of her being convinced that she'd failed as a parent, because she'd allowed me to go to college where I was tempted away from the Faith.

    One more reason to detest religion–it adds poison like that to families.

    1. Negropolis

      "It would be better if you had died–at least then I'd know you were in Heaven."

      Could she have stabbed you any more deeply? Wow.

    2. emmelemm

      It's difficult for me to understand that kind of thinking, because I didn't grow up with it, and no one in my family is religious. When you don't believe, and you never believed, it's really hard to see how anyone can believe. Lake of fire? Really?

      But good on you for moving towards what you understood to be right, and withstanding that blow from your mother.

    3. FROTHY

      (Hugs the Dok) Well, that's utterly horrible.

      Kurt Vonnegut was right. Biological ties (or adoptions, for that matter) do not a family make. You have to find your own karass.

    4. Terry

      I need to go hug my mother. When she figured out that I'd stopped going to Mass, she went to talk to the priest at her parish and they decided that God doesn't actually count the number of times you pass through the door and if I'm a good person that's what's important. Should light a candle for that priest, too. He's passed on now.

      1. CogitoErgoBibo

        He sounds like the super cool Jesuit who handled mass at the Presbyterian college I attended. If there were more priests like your mom's and the one at my college, the Catholic church might actually start getting a better reputation.

        Best thing about my old priest: Super Bowl Sunday half-time mass. Because it was a Presbyterian school, we had to share the church. Mass was Sunday night for us. On Super Bowl Sunday, mass started about 10 minutes after the first half ended, went through the bare minimum necessary to make it count for the week and let us loose in time for second half. Such a great guy. I'm no longer at all religious, but I still think about that guy a lot. He encouraged questions (good Jesuit that he was), tolerance and kindness. Pity the religion has to generally stand for the exact opposite, especially where women and gays are concerned.

        1. DrOzarkZ.Hellbender

          Ah, but don't you see the problem there? Clearly, these kinder and gentler approaches are nothing but loose doctrine, a feel-good approach that will ultimately get away from the One True Masochism Church.

          Then again, according to the Fundies, all Catholics are damned anyway, what with the idolatry and belief in the sacraments, so…

          What was it my sociology prof said? There are few things as firmly "ex-" as an ex-Catholic.

      2. FROTHY

        Your mother sounds like a fine, fine person, who clearly loves YOU more than imaginary-friends-in-the-sky. You know how lucky you are. Give her extra hugs for me.

  8. Catabite

    Maryland doesn't have a big Santorum problem because most of us here use pre-sex enemas. Nothing kills the mood like a big, nasty gush of Santorum.

  9. chascates

    I'll wait to hear what John Waters says on this.

    And I'm sure Cheney's daughter appreciates whatever he did for this cause but he still has the blood of hundreds of thousands on his hands.

    1. FROTHY

      Millions. The 2006 Lancet/Johns Hopkins study indicated over 600,000 had already lost their lives due solely to the war, and a further ~3 million were refugees, internal and external. Since then, many more have died. Add in the 4,000+ US military who lost their lives, the deaths in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and wherever else that foul vulture left his droppings, and it's easily over a million.

    2. Redhead

      I can't decide if it makes it better or worse that he did this largely for and because of his gay daughter. On the one hand – good on him for not disowning her, like a lot of his lot would have done, but actually supporting her. On the other – yeah, sure looks like he did this entirely for selfish reasons and not because of any sense of right or equality or common decency.

      1. FROTHY

        Just to help you readjust your feelings for that prick to the white-hot pitch of hate that he deserves: When his lesbian daughter had her Babby, the asshole announced it by sending out a picture of himself and his wife holding the spawn. They did not even permit the Evilesbian mother in the picture. Way to support your lezzie daughter, asshole! Still makes me furious, sorry 'bout that.

  10. BerkeleyBear

    Good for Maryland. But the link to Virginia is just infuriating – so because the state wouldn't discriminate in adoption, they went ahead and made it okay for religious agencies who take state funding to do so. This is what infuriates me about these "religious conscience" clauses – they are only necessary because the agency is choosing to take taxpayer money. Don't take the money, you sanctimonious pricks, and you can be as hateful as you want! Gah!!!

    1. Mondo_Cane

      Cheney is not much different than a significant portion of the Republic base who are unencumbered by conscience and motivated by money – pay the US Taliban lip service, garner their votes, take their money –

      this year the inmates are running the asylum –

  11. FROTHY

    I've always been in love with you, KBJ, even though you don't always acknowledge commenters' tips. But you have totally entered into my heart with that image of Santorum as a coin-operated rectal-slot-wearing squawking toy clown. That is right up there with "amoral jewelry-debt piglet," my dear.

  12. FROTHY

    Also for that *wonderful* comment about zombie virus Dick "DICK" Cheney and his lezbo daughter with the out-of-wedlock SATAN'S BASTARD BAYBEEEE!!

  13. Negropolis

    Maryland, eh? Isn't that that place outside of DC? I know, I know: Balitmore libel!

    Apparently, Maryland is for lovers, and Virginia is for haters and probing and macaca and the neo-confederacy.

      1. Negropolis

        As part of our senior trip in high school we got to spend the afternoon in the Inner Harbor on the way to New York, and the accent (even among the Blahs) was so strong, I had to ask a few times for people to repeat what they said. lol I didn't expect it to be so strong.

    1. Terry

      "Apparently, Maryland is for lovers, and Virginia is for haters and probing and macaca and the neo-confederacy."

      We've been telling all the rest of you this since colonial times.

  14. savethispatient

    OT: Bill Maher just donated $1 million to the Obama supporting SuperPAC, which probably means a lot fewer Republicans on Realtime for the next year…

    1. CogitoErgoBibo

      Oh they'll still show up. Just like the idiots who think they're going to best Jon Stewart when they agree to be torn to ribbons by Daily Show reporters, they'll continue to show up, presuming it's their personal job to change our sad, liberal minds.

    1. Terry

      This state has a very high acceptance of people who walk their own path as a general rule.

      John Waters once said that people in the northern states drove out their eccentrics and they headed south. People in the south drove out their eccentrics and they headed north. Everyone's U-Hauls broke down around mid-point and that's how Baltimore was formed.

      1. ttommyunger

        Trust me, as a life-long southerner I can testify that rather than drive out our eccentrics, rather, we elect them to high public office and lionize them.

  15. Troubledog

    I, for one, welcome our new gay-married overlords. I'd get gay-married in a minute if I was gay. If I loved the cock, for example, I'd go gay in a heartbeat. Because it's a great time to be gay.

        1. gullywompr

          Or just attend any public school, they're all promoting the gay agenda, I hear. Except in Tennessee, that is.

        2. flamingpdog

          Oh crap, and I just bought some Somoas from the Girl Scouts this weekend. I didn't even think to ask for the abortion lessons!

          1. Negropolis

            Let me see if I remember…

            Gay is the new black, Muslims are the new Mexicans, Mexicans are the new gays, and blacks are the same ole blahs.

          2. Chet Kincaid

            Blacks don't need to be Mormons so long as we have Rastafarianism, the Nation Of Islam, African Hebrew Israelites, Jehovah's Witnesses and Five Percenters. Plenty of niche crazy to go around! (I have never seen a white J-Witness, what is that about?)

          3. James Michael Curley

            The guy who drives his big SUV around my area and drops off the elderly black ladies is white. Since he was dozing in front of my driveway one day I had to get out of my car to ask him to move so I could pull in.

          4. FROTHY

            Damn, I never have either. And we have tons of more splinters than that over here in the People'sRepublicofWhatEVAH, so why not the JWs, yaknow? Weird.

          5. Negropolis

            Weird. The only JWs I've ever met were white, though, I did know that a lot are black. Knowing that the Jackson family was raised in the faith always scared me extra about it.

  16. SayItWithWookies

    Yeah way to go Dick Cheney you motherfucker. You get no credit for endorsing or lobbying for gay marriage — one, it was after it could do you any political harm; and two, you only even thought about it because it was expedient to a family member of yours. I anxiously anticipate your daughter Lynn's condemnation.

      1. Sparky McGruff

        How do they sleep? On piles of cash stolen from little old ladies pension funds, with a blanket of statements from their Cayman Island bank accounts filled with the profits from selling faulty parts to the military. And they dream of soliders electrocuted in the shower by Halliburton's faulty wiring.

  17. Blueb4sunrise

    Cool.
    Any sheriff job openings in Maryland?

    Oooo, I see a TV series…..Western Sheriff goes East ……

  18. flamingpdog

    As a former resident of Murland (take note, ttommy), I can only hope and pray that passage of this legislation will finally allow the state to force Marvin Mandel to gay marry zombie Spiro Agnew.

      1. paris biltong

        "This video contains content from WMG and EMI, one or more of whom have blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.
        Sorry about that."
        Fucking censors.

  19. flamingpdog

    OT, but I'm wondering if the Hopey campaign is worrying a little bit more about contributions than they let on? I've been getting mailings from "Michelle Obama" for at least six months now, on a regular basis, many of which I have returned with no Ameros enclosed and a nice note saying I'll vote for her husband but I'm not giving him any money until the Wall Street thugs, including Timmeh, are doing the perp walk. But earlier this week, for the first time I got a letter from "Michelle" addressed to my mother! Now not only was my mother a life-long Republican, but she's been dead for six and a half years!

    1. Negropolis

      Have you seen Barry's fundraising versus Mitt Romney's? I know SuperPACs are believed to narrow the money race, but Obama is outraising Romney by a ridiculous amount, and most of the contributions coming from small donors…like in 2008. I'm feeling good.

    1. FROTHY

      Damn, I passed out before I could sear "Santorum jello" into my eyeballs forevah, pdog. I'm sure you're crushed. BRB. I have to go kill myself now.

  20. RadioSBJ

    Wolf Blitzer just blogged:
    The State of Maryland has just allowed that two people of the same sex can be legally married (the so-called same sex marriage act). I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: this is a contentious issue and some people might be a little upset. The war of words between homosexuals and their supporters versus the people who disagree with this law will be fierce.

  21. Negropolis

    Why, the crabs, of course. All of them, Katie.

    Plus, Baltimore has more character in its harbor than Phoenix does in its entire metropolitan area. Also. Too.

    1. ttommyunger

      Never caught the crabs in Maryland, although during my tours at Belvoir (60's) and Quantico (70's) I certainly tried my best. Baltimore has its charms, especially the Block. Phoenix? Well, that's in Arizona: Where the Fuckwad Politician is a protected species.

  22. valthemus

    The inevitable referendum effort will be fun! Creepy, backwoods rednecks (with confederate flags on their trucks) from the Maryland pan handle and Eastern Shore joining hands with African American fire-n-brimstone Jesus junkies to try and stop "the homosexual menace" from getting registered at Macy's. Yeah, that'll work out well.

    1. UW8316154

      The referendum effort is already gearing up here in Washington. Christian Taliban appealing to people's basest prejudices and fear. It's nasty and ugly, no fun at all.

  23. mayor_quimby

    I went to college in DC, and it took me a while to figure why the DuPont Circle CVS had a huge stash of enemas at the Rx counter. I was looking for condoms and had to walk past 10 feet of Fleet goodies. Makes perfect sense now.

  24. SolitaireRose

    People, people… Mr. Santorum has moved on from hating the gays and is now hating EVERYONE who has evil, evil sex and isn't making The Babies. Please adjust your expectations accordingly.

  25. Oblios_Cap

    common sense spreading any further south of the Mason-Dixon line.

    I don't think that there's any danger of that happening anytime soon.

  26. C_R_Eature

    Go Maryland! Drive Gently, everyone!

    RE: Cheney.
    Dick has a luxury waterfront property in St. Michael's (just down the road from Don Rumsfeld's vacation home, the aptly-named Mt. Misery). Just a short (thundering, house-shaking) Marine 2 helo ride from the VP Den of Evil residence. No doubt why he was leaning on the R State legislators in Maryland; he's got double the skin in the game. He's probably given up on VA for the time being, as it looks like his party's doing their best to make Gay folks illegal, along with a whole lot of other stuff that makes them uncomfortable.
    It makes a difference when they're family doesn't it Richard?

    When Dick was VP, the FAA designated a 1 NM No-Fly Zone around the VP's vacation home. The locals that loved him (lots) said they appreciated not having light aircraft flying over all the time and locals that did not (a surprising number) said the exclusion zone was for the protection of the aircraft, not the VP. Especially during hunting season.

    Byee for now!

  27. Terry

    "which immediately forced Virginia to also advance an anti-gay adoption bill today as a bulwark against common sense spreading any further south of the Mason-Dixon line."

    This is why we need check stations and barbed wire on the bridges across the Potomac River. Give the folks in Old Town Alexandria, Arlington, and a few of the close in areas unlimited passes, but the rest need some scrutiny or they can just stay home.

  28. James Michael Curley

    Maryland has a hot, respectful, guitar playing governor who did not veto the gay marriage bill.
    New Jersey has a fat, arrogant, skin flute playing governor who did.

    1. Negropolis

      And, Virginia has a diminutive, media-whoring, mean-spirited governor with a Justin Bieber haircut.

      1. James Michael Curley

        There is a clip with McDonald and O’Malley running on the Politico You Tube page (I think). O’Malley eats his lunch, gives him a wedgie and takes his mother to the prom. Rachael Maddow ran it last night.

    2. Terry

      There's a photo of O'Malley and Anthony Brown (Lt Gov) in the banner of their emails that gives me the vapors, I swear. Both of them are FINE looking men and in that photo they're all happy and hopeful. The photographer earned his or her pay for sure. I open those emails, swoon, and think I should donate to their campaign.

      1. James Michael Curley

        Then you had better get out the smelling salts before you click on this link OhMyO’Malley

    1. el_donaldo

      If my Twitter tag was "capitolization," I certainly wouldn't admit it in public but bear it only as my private shame.

  29. smitallica

    So, does this mean Cheney is good for supporting gay marriage because he has a gay daughter? Or does this make him even more evil, for spending eight years as the de facto leader of a party that openly discriminated against his daughter? I'm so confused.

    1. neiltheblaze

      I remember at the Republican National Convention when Mary Cheney and her partner weren't allowed anywhere near the stage at the end – probably because he was so bursting with pride for her. Of course, Liz was there.

  30. widestanceromance

    As a Marylander, I spent last night in a state of agitation, because while, yes, I am very pleased with the passage, I know the referendum will happen and I am not as confident as I'd like to be that marriage equality will survive it.

    I little oversharing perhaps on my part, is that I was hopeful enough that it might pass last year, and had an elaborate birthday proposal ready for my partner (his birthday falls in early March):

    I woke him like every man likes to be awakened–no need to give details on that. I made him a superb breakfast, and then walked him to a part of our garden where I had, the previous fall, secretly planted white hyacinths which were then in full bloom, spelling out the acronym 'ILY'. "SURPRISE, honey!" I essentially grew him a birthday card, and made my proposal, even as equality had failed in 2011. A TBD proposal, if you will. Obvs. he accepted.

    So, here we are the following year, and the matter is still not really settled. It is very frustrating that even as I sang him another proposal last night, when and whether this will all happen is quite up in the air.

    1. neiltheblaze

      Do you give romance lessons? That's a great story.

      That someone this creative could be denied bridal registry is unconscionable!

      1. widestanceromance

        Should I ever decide to give lessons, I guess my screen name will work well enough as the business name, eh? Thanks for the reply, and all fingers crossed.

        1. neiltheblaze

          When the wedding day finally comes – not "if" – I think I speak for many in the Wonkeratti Community when I say, "We want PICTURES!!"

          1. widestanceromance

            Even with black tape over our eyes for anonymity? ;)

            In the meantime, I'll try to find the photos of those white hyacinths, which need no black eye tape!

    2. James Michael Curley

      There are so many issues at work at this moment which need to be clarified that one should not be despondent.

      A referendum would be a 'repeal' vote to overturn the legislation passed by the Assy., Sen. and signed by the Gov.
      Can a 'repeal' referendum appear on the ballot automatically?
      If not, would such a referendum require a vote by the Assy., Sen. and signed by the Gov.?
      Then, if it ends up on the ballot, are referenda in Maryland binding?
      If they are not binding does the Assy. Sen.and Gov. have the courage of their convictions to ignore it?

      Contrast that with NJ. After failing by a few votes two years ago, the Assy. and Sen. passed the Equality of Marriage Act. Chris Chrisco vetoed it?
      Even though it passed in the Sen., can the Democrats in the senate find three more votes to over ride the veto? They need 12 votes in the Assy. to over ride it.
      If not, do they comply with Chrisco and pass a resolution to put a referendum on the ballot?

      1. widestanceromance

        More questions than answers, to be sure. I'm trying to be optimistic, but I alternate between weepy/happy and gimme-a-wall-to-punch-my-fist-through today.

        1. James Michael Curley

          Two dem Senators s and one repub switched their intentions in NJ and the NJ Senate now has enough votes to override Christie’s veto. The dems in the assembly need to find 12 votes where the margin was much narrower to begin with. We’ll see. I got some commitments that an effort will be made.

  31. el_donaldo

    Yes, yes, Twitter awaits Santorum. It's 10:30 friggin am on a new day. I'm awaiting new Wonkette posts. Get out of bed, people.

    1. el_donaldo

      You'd think that Wonkette "My Name Is Legion" Jr. would take the opportunity to have the run of the place.

      1. prommie

        I remember when Thursday nights were the big party night, when I was an undergrad. Good times, just don't take any classes before noon on Friday, or at all on Friday, if possible.

    1. prommie

      Indoctrinate them, yes, absolutely, we do want to indoctrinate them, and I for one am constantly conspiring to bring about this indoctrination with the values of science, reason, knowledge, and logic.

    2. SorosBot

      And he's pulling the 62% number out of his ass; I wish that many college graduates became atheist / agnostics. Although in the case of hateful fundamentalist nutjobs like Rick, he probably considers anyone who ends up as a Christian of the non-bigoted, non-Biblical-literalist variety who accepts that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and that non-Christians are human beings with valid rights and opinions, along with women and gay people, aren't "real Christians" at all and might as well be us godless atheists.

    3. Negropolis

      Can you call a reverse brainwash/detox indoctrination? lol

      Yeah, facts tend to have a liberal bias, Santorum.

  32. chascates

    Well, the Farmily Research Council isn't pleased and realizes what's ahead:
    Why is it ending [marriage], and not just expanding marriage rights to confer the legal status of marriage on same-sex couples? Consider constitutional expert, GWU law professor Jonathan Turley. He spoke to an overflow crowd at the Newseum in 2008.
    He said: “Opponents say that this will lead to polygamy. I’m for that.” Turley was wildly applauded by the audience, which included law students, congressional staffers, and, of course, enthusiastic journalists.
    Turley is surely right. Recognizing same-sex couples as married will lead to polygamy and the end of marriage as a civil institution in America. That’s because when everyone can marry, there is no marriage left. That’s doubtless why Turley today is working to legalize polygamy.
    Consider this thought experiment. Twin brothers announced on a TV talk show that they were gay. Under the laws proposed, can they marry? If not, why not? They’ve certainly had a “committed relationship” since before they were born. What constitutional principle could you invoke to say these twins cannot marry each other? And if these twin brothers may marry, why not a twin brother and sister?

  33. prommie

    What I want to know is why teh gheys want to sentence themselves to a lifetime of marital sex, anyway? Do you truly understand what you're getting into, here?

    1. FROTHY

      Yeah, yeah, yeah. Look, just because straight marrieds suffer Bed Death doesn't mean we don't, we just have creative ways of dealing with it.

      Besides, we want all that GOOD stuff y'all get for free when you get married. Like having the hospital let you in when your partner's dying, you know, like that Lisa Pond woman. Or not forcing us to go through probate when our partner dies. Or that "undivided interest" in any mutually-owned real estate that spouses are afforded in community property states. Or the right to custody or visitation where children are concerned. Or the right to have our partners recognized as co-parents. Or … but why go on, I'm sure you know quite well the million-and-one advantages of marital bliss — other than not getting any on weekends.

  34. WeHaveIssues

    It is hard to believe Virginia is only an I-95 ride away from Maryland with DC serving as a DMZ between the two.

    Screw just "build that wall" in Arizona to keep out the Mexicans, we need to just "build that wall" along the Virginia border to keep the rednecks and their mental midgets mindset in their own country.

  35. Hera Sent Me

    Just to be pedantic, I'll point out that Maryland is named for Queen Henrietta Maria, Protestant wife of Protestant British king Charles I.

    I'll now return you to our regularly schedule sarcasm.

  36. bagofmice

    The Matrix seems to have Jesuit parallels. Take the red pill, ask questions, and wear all black clothing.

  37. James Michael Curley

    In the past I would sign up for emails from many political campaigns and his was one of the few which continued to send them after the election. Thus I received an email about O’Malley’s March appearing at an Asbury Park venue around St. Patrick’s Day 2010. I thought about going but found I had a conflict. Now I get an email from the band’s website about every three months.

  38. BerkeleyBear

    Yeah, but I think the things that gets people confused is hearing the exact same ignorant arguments that supported anti-miscegenation laws used by African American ministers against gay marriage (social experiment, against the word of God, destructive of families, etc.) Sort of like how it jars me to hear Israeli leaders echoing the Nazis when they talk about Arabs and their rights as the "chosen people."

    I know unwitting hypocrisy and self-centeredness are core human attributes, but I also can understand the disappointment.

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