Sam Arora has now changed his mind. The Maryland DelegateÂ who was a strong suppoert of marriage equality is expressing his concern for the same-sex marriage bill.
“I have heard from constituents, friends, and advocates from across the spectrum of views and have thought about the issue of same-sex marriage extensively,” he said in a statement.
“I understand their concernâ€”this is a very serious issue, and one that many people feel passionately about. As the vote drew nearer, I wrestled with this issue in a way I never had before, which led me to realize that I had some concerns about the bill.
“While I personally believe that Maryland should extend civil rights to same-sex couples through civil unions, I have come to the conclusion that this issue has such impact on the people of Maryland that they should have a direct say.
“I will vote to send the bill to the floor because it deserves an up-or-down vote. On the floor, I will vote to send the bill to the governor so that Marylanders can ultimately decide this issue at the polls. I think that is appropriate.”
If the bills go through, both sides in the debate will expect opponents to take advantage of a provision in Maryland law. The law allows citizens to petition the new law onto the ballot.
Aroraâ€™s experience in government includes positions in the U.S. Senate and clerkships with the criminal appellate division of the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.
Under Gansler, Arora published resources for Maryland non-profit organizations to navigate the Stateâ€™s legal requirements and helped prepare legislation to ban the sale of the hallucinogenic drug Salivia divinorum in Maryland.