Maryland GOP state Rep. Don Dwyer says that part of the that reason he was arrested for drunk boating after an accident that injured six people is that he was upset about the passage of same-sex marriage.
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.” That betrayal really affected me,” he said. “I was physically ill. You pour your heart into an issue like that and it’s devastating.” He said his drinking culminated in the crash. He won’t discuss this part. It’s still not clear where he was traveling that evening.
Among the four children hurt in the boat crash was a five year-old girl who suffered a skull fracture. Dwyer has not yet gone to trial and remains in the Maryland Assembly. He says he plans to join Alcoholics Anonymous.
RELATED: You may recall that in 2011 Dwyer sat next to Maggie Gallagher
during Maryland’s marriage equality hearings, telling the committee
that any state delegate that testified in favor of the bill should be
“arrested for perjury” because saying that gay people deserve equality
“is a lie and they know it.” During the hearings Dwyer presented
documents from the SPLC-certified hate group, MassResistance, claiming
that gay activists want to introduce sadomasochism to grade school
children. Dwyer also recorded an anti-gay robocall for NOM.