When Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced this summer that he will sponsor a same-sex marriage bill in next year’s legislative session, he heard from Edwin F. O’Brien, the archbishop of Baltimore, who pleaded with the governor to change his mind. “Maryland is not New York,” O’Brien wrote. He urged O’Malley not to allow his position on “the definition of marriage to be determined by mere political expediency.”
O’Brien is correct: Maryland is not New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was widely hailed for shepherding a bill legalizing same-sex marriage through his state’s divided legislature in June.
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