Upholding the Bible!
Democrats who are frightened to touch the gay marriage issue, please take note: This is an exchange about whether Maryland should ban same-sex marriage between Republican Senator Nancy Jacobs and Jamie Rasin, a constitutional law professor from American University:
"As I read Biblical principles, marriage was intended, ordained and started by God - that is my belief," she said. "For me, this is an issue solely based on religious principals."Democrats, stop sweating over this issue. It's not that difficult. Maryland voters will determine whether their constitution should be changed to discriminate against gays.
Raskin shot back that the Bible was also used to uphold now-outlawed statutes banning interracial marriage, and that the constitution should instead be lawmakers' guiding principle.
"People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution; they don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible," he said.
Some in the room applauded, which led committee chairman Sen. Brian E. Frosh, a Democrat from Montgomery County, to call for order. "This isn't a football game," he said.