GOP Maryland Delegate Wade Kach (R) delivered an emotional address explaining his evolution towards supporting marriage equality, just moments before the state House passed legislation extending marriage rights to gays and lesbians. Kach had voted down the bill as recently as Monday night, in a committee vote, and had co-sponsored a measure to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
But tonight, Kach attributed his change of heart to his “pro-life” roots, explaining that he changed his mind after hearing testimony from gay and lesbian families, and realizing that their children deserved the same legal protections as the kids of opposite-sex parents:
We need em folks. And this is why we must never give up on even the most hard-core conservatives. Some of them do have hearts and we can never know who those people are or what is going to penetrate their right-wing shields and appeal to their humanity and sense of fairness.
Look, this guy is a perfect example. Just one week ago this gentleman had believed so firmly in marriage as a one-man-one-woman institution, he voted down a marriage equality bill in committee and was a co-sponsor of a measure to define marriage as a hetero-only privilege. The lesson here is clear: We must never, ever write anyone off as a lost cause. Ever!
And yes, I know, I seethe, and rant, and rage, and say nasty things on this blog all the time. And I make no apologies for it. But, I have always presented this blog as my outlet for all the pent-up anger that had nowhere else to go, so I will continue to rant and rage and make no apologies. But I will do it semi-anonymously here (some of you know who I am), while presenting a far more composed and reasonable persona in public. It really is about changing hearts and minds - and I get that. I have to. It is the only way I can do my part to make a better world for my son and the lgbt community I love so dearly.