Openly gay Maryland Delegate Heather R.
Mizeur on Friday delivered a passionate plea to colleagues
considering a gay marriage bill.
The House of Delegates began debate in
the morning on the bill already approved by the Senate, and is
expected to take a final vote on the measure later today.
Mizeur, who is legally married to
Deborah Mizeur, told lawmakers that she knew at an early age that she was
“Ever since I was a little kid I was
told that I'm an old soul, because I was this seven year old kid that
had figured out a lot of things about what she was supposed to be
when she grew up. I knew I was incredibly spiritual, I knew that my
Catholic faith meant a lot to me, I already knew at that young age,
in ways that I can't explain entirely, that I wanted to be an elected
official when I grew up. … And I also knew that I was gay.”
“At that time, I thought, 'Well, I
can't be gay and be a elected official.' How can I be gay and be
Catholic,” she added.
“I prayed, and I prayed, and I
prayed. I prayed it would go away, especially the gay part. Make it
“It's love that makes a family, but
it's marriage that protects it,” she later says in describing her
own marriage of five years.
“That's all we are asking for, is the
ability to protect our relationships and that commitment to forever.”
“I choose love, not just Deborah, but
I love all of you. I love each and everyone of you. … I love you.
We have to love each other. God loves you. Examine your conscience.
Do the right thing: cast your vote in favor of love.”