In ‘Stunning’ Turn Around, Second Republican Delegate Backs Marriage Equality In Maryland | In a surprising move, Del. Wade Kach (R-MD) announced today he will support marriage equality legislation expected to come before the state’s House of Delegates tomorrow. Kach is the second Republican in the chamber to endorse the measure — one Senate Republican, Allan Kittleman, is a co-sponsor of the bill. The Baltimore Sun notes the move is “stunning” since Kach voted against the bill as recently as Monday night, in a committee vote, and had co-sponsored a different measure that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.
Kach has had a mixed record on LGBT equality in the past. He voted with Equality Maryland 50 percent of the time in 2009, backing some domestic partnership benefits. Last February, he told constituents “I will advocate for rights that are denied to people because they are gay [but] I will not support gay marriage. This is not what the people of my district want.“