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Drunky Maryland Pol: Gay Marriage Crashed That Boat, Injured That 5-Year-Old Girl

This man is worried men might want to touch his bottomIt is not funny that Maryland Delegate Don Dwyer drunkenly crashed his boat last year, fracturing the skull of a five-year-old girl. But it is funny that he is blaming gay marriage for the alcoholism that made him drunkenly crash his boat last year, fracturing the skull of a five-year-old girl! Oh, did we say “funny”? Well, seems like everything is funny to us! First, congratulations to Del. Dwyer for sitting down with the Capitol Gazette and making a searching and fearless moral inventory of himself. Second, the opposite of congratulations to Del. Dwyer for coming up with the positively Gingrichian “I was working too hard to protect the sanctity of marriage and that’s why I fucked my aide drunkenly crashed a boat, fracturing the skull of a five-year-old girl.”

Perhaps you are remembering another drunky boat crash that we covered in this space. Nope. Different drunky boat crash, dudes. But let us hear more about gay marriage crashing that boat.

He said two events caused his drinking to increase:
First, he separated from his wife in November 2011.

Second, he felt “betrayed” by longtime allies in the State House.

“I felt a tremendous amount of pressure in my family,” he said. “You take those personal issues (and) add betrayal on the professional side, and it really gets to be overwhelming.”Pressures at home were met with challenges in the State House. [...]

Dwyer says he felt sold out when Dels. Tiffany Alston, Wade Kach and Bob Costa voted for same-sex marriage, an issue he spent years crusading against. Dwyer told reporters one day before the vote that he had enough support to block the bill.

Kach, a Republican from Baltimore County, and Alston, a former Democrat from Prince George’s County, voted against the bill in committee. But Kach changed his vote after hearing testimony from gay couples. Alston shifted her vote after her amendment was adopted.

Kach and Costa, of Deale, were the only two House Republicans to vote for the bill. It passed the House by two votes in February.

“I had no time to do anything,” Dwyer said. “Had I known earlier, I could have taken some action.”
It was petitioned to the November ballot and passed by 52 percent of voters state wide. Voters in Dwyer’s district, however, rejected it.

“That betrayal really affected me,” he said. “I was physically ill. You pour your heart into an issue like that and it’s devastating.”

That does sound devastating. Probably not as devastating as being the parent of a five-year-old girl with a skull fracture, but we guess that is neither here nor there.

So should we invite Del. Dwyer to your Big Gay Maryland Wedding? He seems like a pretty good time!

[CapitalGazette, via Wonket operative "Jill"]

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