"I've had countless bills put in the drawer, killed by committee, killed by amendment," Zirkin said. "Here Delegate Dwyer thinks this is his bill, and he has decided to make this his cause celebre to bash gays up and down the state of Maryland. It doesn't mean that there is not a process down here that we have to respect. And there is a process in the courts that he also should be respectful of."
Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr., an Anne Arundel County Republican and lead sponsor of the bill, said such an important issue should come before voters. But during the fiery committee meeting, Dwyer asked that his name be removed from the sponsor list, complaining that the amended version was so far from his intent. Three other co-sponsors asked for the same.
PHOTO(S) / ILLUSTRATION(S); 1. Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr., a sponsor of the bill to amend the state constitution, listens to debate on an amendment to the bill. 2. House Republicans W. Daniel Mayer and Michael D. Smigiel Sr. vote against amending the bill to allow for civil unions. Democrat Anthony G. Brown is in the center. 3. CONSIDERING A BILL; Credit: 1 & 2. KIM HAIRSTON : SUN PHOTOGRAPHER 3. LOUIS SPIRITO : SUN NEWS ARTIST