It still beggars belief that something can be signed into law by the Governor but then a referendum is forced because certain parts of society do not like it.
Still, good luck to all on Maryland, I suspect it is going to be a close one.
Out of curiosity, if the vote is a no, can the Governor over-ride it?
Nope, like in Maine the only thing that can change it is another vote. Hopefully at least one of the three states will vote yes with Maine looking the most likely. Maryland was always going to be a long shot.
I think the only thing that will override the peoples vote is the supreme court once it is deemed unconstitutional again (it has 12 times already in different parts of the USA)
That’s true but I suspect once this gets to the Supreme Court they’ll equivocate and say it’s up to the states to decide either through referenda or the courts.
I suppose it is open to someone in Maryland to bring a court case.
Makes you wonder why have a legislature to pass laws and yet allow mob rule to overturn laws by referenda? It’s almost anarchic, the tyranny of the majority dictated by bigots to take away a legal right already given by elected representative officials or by the judiciaries, then removed because it doesn’t fit in with one’s religious beliefs. That’s not democracy by any stretch of the imagination. Thank goodness we don’t have any such thing in the UK, no matter the faults and imperfections of our system which I think is far better. Good luck to Maryland.
I quite like the idea in theory that the government can’t just pass any old thing it wants because the people can override it but seeing its use in practice leaves a nasty taste in your mouth.
In this case, to me it’s just letting bigots take control. If referenda were the norm all across America, black people would probably not have gained their civil rights and abortion rights for women would never have passed as well as their right to vote. It would probably be illegal to be gay for that matter. No thanks to referenda and mob rule.
My impression today is: after intensive anti-gay action in African American churches opposition against gay marriage in Maryland has gaining ‘momentum’ and will win. Future ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota is sad reality. Victory of marriage-equality in Washington will be very small, in Maine – very solid. Thank you, Gov. O`Malley, for support!
All I can say is that regardless of whether marriage equality passes or not, it is an utter disgrace and a matter of enormous shame for Maryland, that a minority’s civil rights are dependent on public opinion.
That is such an embarrassment for Maryland.