This post was originally written for Maryland Politics Watch by Equality Maryland board member David Lublin.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has successfully reengaged with his eponymous band. On the public politics of same-sex marriage, not so much.
Gov. O'Malley is having a tough time explaining why New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was able to get same-sex marriage passed when the same effort fell short in Maryland. Here are the explanations the Governor has offered:
From the Baltimore Sun:
O'Malley said his decision to work behind the scenes, rather than pushing the bill as Cuomo did, was strategic.
"If I thought [making gay marriage part of his administration's legislative agenda] would have helped rather than hurt its chance of passage, I'd have done it," O'Malley said Monday.
But he concluded that higher visibility, he said, "would have kicked it into the gutter of partisan division."
On Washington's NBC-4:
"In New York they were very fortunate to have garnered bipartisan support for the equality initiative,” he said. “Last session we came up a couple of votes short and unfortunately we did not have a single Republican vote for Marriage Equality."