Why Vote For Marriage
In November Marylanders will be voting on Question 6 – the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which provides civil marriage licenses to committed gay and lesbian couples. We’re urging all fairminded Marylanders to vote for Question 6. We can agree that people should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Read the full text of the Civil Marriage Protection Act on our blog.
- Marriage for gay and lesbian couples is about treating everyone fairly; it is not about religious beliefs.
- Churches and religious officials don’t have to marry anyone they don’t want to. Religious freedom is protected.
- Many of us have gay family members, neighbors, co-workers, and friends who we love and respect, who are good parents and good people. They deserve to be treated equally.
Who Supports Marriage for Gay Couples?
- 52% of Maryland voters say they will vote for Question 6, with 43% against, according to a recent poll conducted by the Washington Post. We have the momentum.
- People from all backgrounds support the issue, including President Obama, Governor O’Malley, the NAACP, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, African-American ministers, and significant numbers of Catholics.
Why Not Domestic Partnerships?
- We shouldn’t separate one group of people into a separate category with separate laws.
- A domestic partnership doesn’t carry the same meaning, or legal protections, as marriage.
- Domestic partnerships are not on the ballot. Marriage is.