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Maryland Delegate Carter holds gay community hostage

Timothy Kincaid

March 1st, 2011

Meet Jill Carter. Jill represents Baltimore. She believes that your rights and my rights are less important than her own personal political advancement. She also believes that extortion is an appropriate methodology for getting her way.

Jill Carter is an ideal example of what people find objectionable in politicians. From now on when you hear someone say, “they’re all crooks, out for themselves, and they care nothing about principles or the people,” Jill Carter’s face should come to mind.

Carter had signed on as a sponsor of the marriage equality bill in Maryland. Then she did a vote count and thought, “oh, my vote counts. Without my support gay people can be denied their civil equality, so I’ll use my vote as an extortion tool to get what I want.” (Baltimore Sun)

Carter was one of two delegates supportive of gay marriage who staged a walkout this morning during a specially scheduled vote on the marriage proposal — which has already cleared the Senate and had been expected to make it out of the House committee today.

But Carter said there are “more important, or at least equally important” issues that she would like to see fast-tracked in the way that, in her view, gay marriage has been. And she said that until she hears from House leadership, she does not plan to cast a committee vote in favor of the Civil Marriage Protection Act.

She is a critical vote: The House Judiciary Committee contains only exactly enough “yes” votes to get the same-sex marriage proposal out of committee and to the House floor for debate by the entire 141-member chamber.

What a really nasty piece of work.



March 1st, 2011 | LINK

Now if you want to talk aboutpolitical B*&^%#S then she is one. Who ever voted to put her in office got screwed big time. If she does this against gay people the straights better watch their backs. She will do this to anyone that gets in her way. Definately a crooked politian!!!

March 1st, 2011 | LINK

i just find it odd that a drag queen might be against same sex marriage.

March 1st, 2011 | LINK

This is about as close to influence peddling as she can get without a suitcase full of cash changing hands. If this isn’t outright illegal it certainly should spell political suicide for her. And what about her oath of office? Does she have no ethics at all? I am shocked, utterly shocked by this.

March 1st, 2011 | LINK

@beachewtoy75, I was thinking the exact same thing!

March 1st, 2011 | LINK

What can we say, she has us by the you-know-what.

If there is any consolation here, it’s that IF this bill does eventually pass, that means less days for NOM to gather signatures for a referendum.

BTW, hopefully Marylanders, in addition to calling delegates, are also applying pressure to Gov. O’Malley.

March 2nd, 2011 | LINK

This witch sounds exactly like the fools in GOProud who opposed Obama on repealing DADT by saying they disagreed with the “process”. What scum.

March 2nd, 2011 | LINK

Email Jill Carter & Tiffany Alston:

Tell them to please stop withholding your rights in lieu of their political gains, and that when they will not vote for you that it will be very difficult to vote for them. This is not a game!

*** Be Polite and to the point ***

Emelye Waldherr
March 2nd, 2011 | LINK

I wonder which other bills Ms Carter was talking about when she said some other bills deserved to be fast tracked as well. Was it that horribly flawed bill, HB235, that would enshrine public accommodations discrimination against trans people while pretending to gove them civil rights protections in housing and employment? Was it the bill to increase the penalties for public accommodations discrimination that is already illegal (eg discrimination based on sexual orientation), thereby increasing the divide between LGB/straight cisgender people and trans LGB/straight people?

Politics is ugly and Ms Carter is playing hardball. Until we know which other bills she is pushing, I won’t judge her.

March 2nd, 2011 | LINK

@beachewtoy75 and TampaZeke:

Try stepping up your game and criticizing a politician without using misogyny.

Women are part of the LGBT community too and many of us don’t appreciate the snide and petty commentary about a female politician’s looks.

March 2nd, 2011 | LINK

@fannie, get over yourself. You assume that I think negatively of drag queens. It’s actually YOUR ignorance and misogyny that is showing.

And she DOES look like a drag queen.

Priya Lynn
March 2nd, 2011 | LINK

I’m with fannie.

March 2nd, 2011 | LINK


This politician’s looks are not relevant to her stance on same-sex marriage or to this post. So, why even mention her looks? Given the history of female public figures having to deal with obsessions over their looks, their clothes, their shoes, and their hairstyles, it’s probably a good idea to stick to substance to avoid sending the wrong impression. No matter how you personally feel about drag queens.

And, on that point, you seem to be backtracking now and say that you intended your comment as a compliment.

A person can think positively of drag queens, yet still call a cisgender woman a drag queen as a way to insult her by saying she’s mannish, not sufficiently feminine-looking, or in some way not living up to the beauty standards for the ladies. Gay and straight people do this all the time to Ann Coulter and it’s rarely intended as a compliment.

Emelye Waldherr
March 3rd, 2011 | LINK

After posting my message here I read on Pam’s House Blend about the bills Ms Carter was pushing. Since the bills she was holding out for have nothing to do with civil rights at all, I’m convinced she’s a craven politician whose attachment to her pet causes unfortunately rises above her commitment to equality for all deserving citizens.

I hope they can work it out soon and that she gets some payback in the near future.

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