Maryland Delegate Don Dwyer has blamed
a drinking problem on passage of a gay marriage law in the House of
Dwyer, a Republican from Pasadena, was
charged with drunken boating in August after his 27-foot powerboat
collided with another boat on the Magothy River. The incident left a
5-year-old girl with a fractured skull.
In an interview with the Capital
Gazette, Dwyer, who insists he is not to blame for the
accident, said his drinking increased over two events: his November
2011 separation from his wife of 31 years and he felt “betrayed”
by colleagues who voted for marriage equality.
The day before the vote, Dwyer, an
outspoken opponent of gay rights, told reporters that he had enough
support to block the bill in the House. However, the measure narrowly
cleared the chamber with the help of two Republicans, Wade Kach and
Dwyer accused Kach and Costa, along
with former Democratic Delegate Tiffany Alston, of selling him out.
“That betrayal really affected me,”
he said. “I was physically ill. You pour your heart into an issue
like that and it's devastating.”
Voters in November upheld the law after
opponents put it on the ballot.