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The lighter side of same-sex marriage (access required)

If this Maryland Senate gig doesn't work out for him, Jamie Raskin might try stand-up comedy. The Montgomery County Democrat delivered a string of laugh lines last Thursday while speaking at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Raskin had been invited to discuss how legislation to permit same-sex couples to marry in Maryland failed to win approval in the House of Delegates after clearing the Senate this past General Assembly session. The unabashed liberal began his talk by quoting from "our last great Republican president, Abraham Lincoln." He then recounted a conversation overheard in the General Assembly between an opponent and supporter of same-sex marriage.