After years of promising to impeach any judge who attempted to overturn a Maryland state law banning same-sex marriage, Ann Arundel County delegate Don Dwyer attempted to do just that this week when Baltimore circuit court judge M. Brooke Murdock ruled in favour of same-sex marriage.

But his fellow lawmakers didn’t agree, voting 20-3 late Thursday to reject a proposal to impeach Ms Murdock.

According to The Advocate, Thursday’s committee hearing was held near midnight in an attempt by Mr Dwyer to discourage attendance by the public or the news media.

Mr Dwyer is the same delegate who made a failed effort to get a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the November ballot.

Last week he attempted to urge his fellow delegates to follow his lead and take action, “I have kept my commitment to the citizens of Maryland that I would hold the court accountable, I have done my duty to protect and defend the laws of Maryland, and I have carried he ball to the end.

“At the end of the day, I am not responsible for my colleagues’ inaction, but the citizens of Maryland might want to remember this during November’s election.”

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