Robert Ehrlich (R), governor of Maryland, has been reaching out to the gays (and their friends, the Democrats) in advance of his race against Martin O’Malley in November.
First, he fired Robert J. Smith from the Washington Metropolitan Transit Agency for criticizing homosexuals living lives of “sexual deviancy” on cable TV.
“Robert Smith’s comments were highly inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable,” the Republican governor said in a statement released by his office.
“They are in direct conflict to my administration’s commitment to inclusiveness, tolerance and opportunity,” the governor said.
Then this week, he.
Ehrlich appointed Christopher Panos, 47, a special master in the city Circuit Court family division, to a fill a court vacancy. Panos and his partner of 17 years, Dennis Cashen, are raising a young daughter, Cate.
“This is indicative of social progress within the form of a judicial nomination,” Panos said last night in an interview.
Ehrlich – who says his politics are shaped by a libertarian bent – has tread carefully around gay issues since being elected governor with strong crossover support from Democrats.
I’m sure fellow Marylanders will start going down the litany of things that Ehrlich has done that make him “not a libertarian,” but he’s a hell of a lot more libertarian than was the most important thing for the Senate to work on.(R-PA) who thought a Constitutional gay marriage amendment
“Republican Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said senators were facing “potentially the greatest moral issue of our time” – the “integrity of the family in America.”
Old conventional wisdom: Libertarians are Republicans who want to smoke pot.
New conventional wisdom: Libertarians are Republicans who don’t hate gays.