Daughter of #2 Democrat in House comes out, endorses marriage redefinition

Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland recently changed his own views on marriage.
Thu Jun 7, 2012 - 7:57 pm EST

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 7, 2012, ( –  The daughter of the number two Democrat in the House of Representatives has come out of the closet and endorsed same-sex “marriage.”

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s daughter Stafany Hoyer Hemmer told The Washington Blade she has been living with a woman for 18 months.

Although she spoke with her father before the announcement, it “was not his idea at all,” Hemmer told the homosexual newspaper.

The 43-year-old psychiatric nurse had been married to an electrician, Tim Hemmer. She has a daughter and grandchildren from that marriage, which ended when she was 23.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer changed his mind on same-sex “marriage” the day after Barack Obama made his own public endorsement

“I have believed that the phrase ‘civil union’ was an appropriate definition of a relationship that is both different and the same between two people of the same sex,” Congressman Hoyer said. “I believe that extending the definition of marriage to committed relationships between two people, irrespective of their sex, is the right thing to do.”

He added it would “extend the respect due to every one of our fellow citizens that we would want for ourselves and our children.”

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His daughter credited that statement with her decision to announce her sexuality to the public – and to press Maryland voters to support a referendum redefining marriage on the November ballot.

“I think when my dad actually came out with a statement, it triggered a want in me to further the cause, and I think that he’s powerful enough, and I’m frankly, smart enough, to do it,” she said. “So, yeah, that was really the impetus.”

Governor Martin O’Malley signed the Civil Marriage Protection Act, legalizing same-sex nuptials earlier this year. Voters will decide this fall whether to overturn the law.

“I have been watching the momentum quickly build in recent weeks and want to do whatever I can to keep it going,” Hemmer stated.

Her father also supports the Maryland bill, saying he is “hopeful Maryland voters this fall will preserve the new rights and responsibilities of marriage that are on the books.”

Steny Hoyer is the second most powerful Democrat in the House, behind Nancy Pelosi.

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