First-term Montgomery delegate may be wavering on gay union stance
Some campaign donors want their money back
First-term Del. Sam Arora appears to be attempting to erase his past support of same-sex marriage.
Arora (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring, who co-sponsored the gay marriage bill that has passed the Senate and is in a House committee, touted his support of it on Twitter as recently as Jan. 25: "I co-spons'd the Relig. Freedom & Civil Marriage Prot. Act. It will couple civil marriage equality & relig free exercise protections in Md."
But on Thursday, the post, written in the truncated language of the website, had been deleted from his Twitter page.
Arora, who recently posted that he was now "praying" about the issue, had said he would co-sponsor the legislation when filling out an issues page from the gay advocacy group Equality Maryland before the 2010 election. Equality Maryland endorsed him in the race.
Former supporters said they believe he no longer will support the issue and have written open letters asking for their campaign contributions to be returned.
National blogs on gay issues urged people to call Arora, who had campaigned on the issue, to voice their displeasure. Efforts to reach Arora's office in Annapolis on Thursday were met with a steady stream of busy signals. A call to his personal phone was not returned.
"We're heartbroken," said Lisa Polyak, political action committee chairwoman for Equality Maryland.
Polyak said she did not know why Arora was wavering on the issue. She spoke with him at length on Feb. 21 at a Young Democrats event, she said.
"He was fine," she said. "I'm so sad because we're so exhausted from begging and pleading for people to just give us our rights. It's very hard. I wish I could talk to him again. I wish I could talk to him right now and understand what he's thinking or feeling."