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Marriage Equality Made This Maryland Legislator Drive Drunk

Jim Burroway

May 16th, 2013

In August, 2012, Del. Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel), on of Maryland’s more ardent marriage equality foes, got into a boating accident that injured him, two other adults, and four children, and was charged with DUI, Reckless and negligent operation of a vessel, failure to register his boat, and another right-of-way violation. This week, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $1,000. Dyer blames his alcoholism on fellow Delegates who voted to put the marriage equality bill on the ballot:

Dwyer, who separated from his wife of 31 years in late 2011, told the Maryland Gazette in January that then-Del Tiffany Alston (D-Prince George’s County) and two Republican delegates who voted for the same-sex marriage bill contributed to his alcohol abuse.

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

Dwyer is currently raffling off an AR-15 and an AK-47 assault rifle as a campaign fundraiser.



Ben in Oakland
May 16th, 2013 | LINK

Let,s see… Is this not another classic case of antigay bigots, sorry, conservatives projecting?

Dwyer separates from his wife of 31 years, and within the recovery period for that shock to his life gets BUI. And it’s all the fault of gay people wanting to get married?

Round up the usual suspects, Monsieur.

May 16th, 2013 | LINK

Kind of amazing. Hopefully he can accept his own part in this and sober up during treatment.

Regan DuCasse
May 16th, 2013 | LINK

What a friggin’ loser. Blaming his shortcomings on marriage equality in MD.
Yeah, when you work on something that when dissected, doesn’t add up to anything that can be done legally to anyone, perhaps you should have known that this kind of discrimination couldn’t hold up.
Putting your heart and soul into an issue of marriage and family you yourself had trouble with in your own home, well…that’s the sign of someone that’s not good at taking responsibility and the consequences of his own actions.

Trever Slothwer
May 16th, 2013 | LINK

These far right Repubs are all cookie cutter stereotypes. He gets a divorce, which surely does not contribute to the decline of traditional marriage. He loses the vote on gay marriage. He gets drunk and drives illegally in his unregistered boat, also against the law. He hurts a bunch of people, and it’s everybody else’s fault. Now, he has to sell his high powered, assault rifle collection. How is this guy a defender of traditional American values?

May 16th, 2013 | LINK

His colleagues betrayed him by choosing sanity. It drove him mad, to drink, and a boating accident.

I hope he gets an aquittal. I’d hate to think what a verdict of guilt will drive him to next.

May 17th, 2013 | LINK

This reads like an article out of “The Onion”

Richard Rush
May 17th, 2013 | LINK

The news reports say that Dwyer had one passenger on the boat with him – John Edward Moran IV. Just tryin’ to make sure we have all the facts.

May 17th, 2013 | LINK

Is this another “Family Values” Republican going down in flames? And maybe we should look into who this “passenger” could be?? Hmmm…something doesn’t smell right here.

May 17th, 2013 | LINK

“That betrayal really affected me,” he said. “I was physically ill. You pour your heart into an issue like that and it’s devastating.” Am I the only one that thinks this sounds like one of Nathan Lane’s lines from “The Bird Cage”??? Take 2 Pirin tablets and maybe you’ll feel better.

May 17th, 2013 | LINK

This makes perfect sense. Just like how Gingrich’s love for America made him fuck all those women who weren’t his wife (while chasing down Bill Clinton for his lack of family values).

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