Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said he may be open to supporting the campaign to include marriage equality in the Democrat’s 2012 party platform, but stopped short of fully endorsing the effort during a radio interview this afternoon. “Perhaps, I haven’t given a whole lot of thought to that,” O’Malley said in a response to a question from SiriusXM’s Michelangelo Signorile, and stressed that the party must prioritize job creation “in order to get re-elected.”
The governor, a supporter of same-sex marriage, was at a loss for words, however, when asked what he would say to President Obama to help him evolve on marriage equality:
O’MALLEY: The..I don’t know. I wouldn’t. I guess, what I would. I don’t know that I’d presume to. What I believe President Obama is trying to do is the same thing that public servants of good will are trying to do on this issue in many different places…I think what all of us try to do in the short time we have to serve….what we try to do is take action and forge consensus on the front end of the wave.
The Maryland House of Delegates passed a marriage equality bill last week and the Senate is expected to take-up the measure as soon as tomorrow.