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Gay Marriage Drives Wingnut to Drink

Almost exactly a year ago, Don Dwyer, one of the most conservative members of the Maryland House of Delegates, got into an accident with his speedboat that put him in the hospital and fractured the skull of a 5 year old girl. He admits that he was drinking before hand. But now he explains that he was only drinking because — wait for it — gay marriage.

He said two events caused his drinking to increase:

First, he separated from his wife in November 2011.

Second, he felt “betrayed” by longtime allies in the State House.

“I felt a tremendous amount of pressure in my family,” he said. “You take those personal issues (and) add betrayal on the professional side, and it really gets to be overwhelming.”…

Dwyer says he felt sold out when Dels. Tiffany Alston, Wade Kach and Bob Costa voted for same-sex marriage, an issue he spent years crusading against. Dwyer told reporters one day before the vote that he had enough support to block the bill.

Kach, a Republican from Baltimore County, and Alston, a former Democrat from Prince George’s County, voted against the bill in committee. But Kach changed his vote after hearing testimony from gay couples. Alston shifted her vote after her amendment was adopted.

Kach and Costa, of Deale, were the only two House Republicans to vote for the bill. It passed the House by two votes in February.

“I had no time to do anything,” Dwyer said. “Had I known earlier, I could have taken some action.”

It was petitioned to the November ballot and passed by 52 percent of voters state wide. Voters in Dwyer’s district, however, rejected it.

“That betrayal really affected me,” he said. “I was physically ill. You pour your heart into an issue like that and it’s devastating.”

Yes, gay marriage is so powerful that it managed to destroy the sanctity of his marriage a full year before it even existed in his state. And that drove him to drink two months before the voters of Maryland passed the amendment to allow it. Wake up, people. Can’t you see how terrifying gay marriage really is?

Comments

  1. garnetstar says

    Those radical gays and their lackeys really have it in for Dwyer: they caused him to get arrested for drunk driving (of a car) just three days ago.

    The poor guy. Destroyed by gay marriage. Who’s next, Bryan Fisher?

  2. Chiroptera says

    It’s possible that what Dwyer meant is that he’s been under a lot of stress as it’s becoming clear that a political career built on hatred and fear just Isn’t viable in the long term.

  3. dingojack says

    Ed – you forget that just hours before the crucial vote he succumbed to binge-eating Twinkies*.
    Wake up people, this equality thing is too dangerous to left to amateurs!!
    @@
    Dingo
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    * Or that’s his excuse

  4. dingojack says

    Oh – and the glove didn’t fit, and the Wookie did it, and the dog ate his home work, and ….
    Sheesh this politics thing is hard.
    Dingo

  5. tfkreference says

    I suppose I’ll drink more now that Minnesota allows gay marriage and it destroys my “traditional” marriage – unless I really like the man I’ll be forced to gay marry.

    (Seriously, people who use alcohol to cope need help; people who use that need to justify their actions are despicable.)

  6. colnago80 says

    I don’t know what the laws are relative to boating while drunk but it would seem that this piece of filth should have gotten a stretch in the slammer. He would have if this had been a car accident.

  7. says

    The Party of Personal Responsibility rears its head again.

    On a related note, he’s just given me one more reason to support gay marriage.

  8. bastionofsass says

    colnago80

    Dwyer was given a jail sentence but is appealing. Yes, he got only 30 days, but the case was perhaps complicated by the fact that the other boater involved was also drunk. A plea bargain with no jail time was rejected by the judge.

  9. karmacat says

    If someone has 2 dui’s, there is a 75% chance the person is alcoholic. 3 dui’s usually equals 90% chance. It is probably more than that as people don’t always get caught while driving drunk. there is also a lot of drinking in the boating culture

  10. exdrone says

    This is a classic case of self-serving attributional bias. Gays and sell-out politicians do bad things (from his POV) because they choose to do so, but Dwyer is forced to do bad things because events conspire against him. Poor fellow. I guess that, as we live our lives, it is insufficient to ask What Would Jesus Do, but we also need to consider What Would This Force Dwyer to Do? Think people!

  11. No One says

    karmacat:

    there is also a lot of drinking in the boating culture

    There has been a very aggressive marine law enforcement initiative in my state this summer. A good portion of incidents on the water involve alcohol.

  12. John Pieret says

    “Had I known earlier, I could have taken some action.” … “That betrayal really affected me,” he said. “I was physically ill. You pour your heart into an issue like that and it’s devastating.”

    Well, you know now that you can’t safely drink. How about pouring your heart into that issue before you hurt any other people?

  13. sezme says

    Hey, you heartless bastards. I sympathize with dear ol’ Don because this whole SSM thing has driven my suds bill through the roof. Maybe not for the same reason, but still …..

    : – )

  14. rsparks says

    “I felt a tremendous amount of pressure in my family,” he said. “You take those personal issues (and) add betrayal on the professional side, and it really gets to be overwhelming.”

    Where exactly does Dwyer attribute gay marriage itself to his drinking or separation from his wife?

  15. dan4 says

    @18 “He said two events caused his drinking to increase” (first line of the excerpt), and then he goes on to list the separation from his wife and the passage of gay marriage in the Maryland House of Delegates as the aforementioned “two events.”

  16. rsparks says

    He said two events caused his drinking to increase:

    First, he separated from his wife in November 2011.

    Second, he felt “betrayed” by longtime allies in the State House.

    It’s quite the inferential leap to go from being betrayed by colleagues and being separated from his wife long before the bill passed to the conclusion that gay marriage itself drove him to drink.

    Yes, gay marriage is so powerful that it managed to destroy the sanctity of his marriage a full year before it even existed in his state. And that drove him to drink two months before the voters of Maryland passed the amendment to allow it.

    Indeed, that is completely ridiculous.

  17. dan4 says

    @20: Okay, I see what you mean. Ed wasn’t being terribly honest here. Anyway, the fact that his two colleagues changed their minds on this issue (i.e. ahem, “betrayed” him) was one of the reasons his drinking started to increase to such a level that he would get into such a serious accident is still pretty damn ridiculous.

  18. dingojack says

    rsparks – and why, exactly, did he feel ‘betrayed’? Because his colleagues changed their minds on a subject in which he himself was clearly highly invested. And what was that subject, exactly?
    Follow the chain.
    Dingo
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    Dwyer says he felt sold out when Dels. Tiffany Alston, Wade Kach and Bob Costa voted for same-sex marriage, an issue he spent years crusading against. Dwyer told reporters one day before the vote that he had enough support to block the bill.

    Kach, a Republican from Baltimore County, and Alston, a former Democrat from Prince George’s County, voted against the bill in committee. But Kach changed his vote after hearing testimony from gay couples. Alston shifted her vote after her amendment was adopted.

    Kach and Costa, of Deale, were the only two House Republicans to vote for the bill. It passed the House by two votes in February.

    “I had no time to do anything,” Dwyer said. “Had I known earlier, I could have taken some action.”

    It was petitioned to the November ballot and passed by 52 percent of voters state wide. Voters in Dwyer’s district, however, rejected it.

    “That betrayal really affected me,” he said. “I was physically ill. You pour your heart into an issue like that and it’s devastating.”

    Maryland Gazette. Tim Prudente. 13 Jan 2013 (Upated 26 Aug 2013).

  19. francesc says

    “It was petitioned to the November ballot and passed by 52 percent of voters state wide. Voters in Dwyer’s district, however, rejected it.”
    Were voters in Dwyer’s district more bigots in average, so that they voted for Dwyer and then they voted against the law or, as they had voted for Dwyer’s and he was opposing the law, some of them got convinced to vote against it?

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