Maryland Senator Exposes Opponent Of Marriage Equality

Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin (D) tore into Brian Raum of the Alliance Defense Fund for suggesting that private individuals and businesses who object to same sex-marriage should be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples during a Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing this afternoon. In a two-and-a-half minute exchange, Raskin forced Raum to concede that hotels, motels, and restaurants — places of public accommodation — should have to serve gay people who want to be customers” and exposed a contradiction in the lawyer’s logic: “you testified that hotels, motels, and restaurants should be required to serve gay individuals, but you think we should write into the law they should not be required to serve gay married individuals?” Raskin asked. Listen as Raum stumbles through his response: