Maryland lawmaker says divorce, gay marriage vote drove him to drink

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Maryland Republican Don Dwyer.

A Maryland lawmaker charged with operating a boat under the influence of alcohol says he began drinking more after separating from his wife and feeling “betrayed” by longtime colleagues who voted for gay marriage.

Delegate Don Dwyer, a Republican from Anne Arundel, told The Capital of Annapolis ( that his drinking increased toward the end of last year’s General Assembly session.

Dwyer said he felt sold out when colleagues voted last year for same-sex marriage, an issue he spent years working against. Voters affirmed gay marriage in the state in November, leading to the first same-sex weddings in the state on Jan. 1.

Dwyer also separated from his wife in November 2011.

He has acknowledged that he was under the influence of alcohol when his boat collided with another vessel on the Magothy River in August. Several people were injured.

He says he has gotten treatment and no longer drinks.