The definition of marriage in Maryland is the heart of Question 6.
For years homosexual activists have been offered civil unions in Maryland, but have always rejected it. The issue in question 6 is not about rights and privileges, which are already protected civilly, but about the term marriage itself.
Marriage is the bedrock of society upon which families and our communities are built. The state has a vested interest in protecting and encouraging marriage so that children can be raised in the healthiest environment for them with both a mom and a dad.
This bill ignores the fact that scientific studies have proven, time and again, that the health of children, emotionally, physically, and financially, is best served by being raised by both a mom and a dad. This bill that would appease certain adults should not trump the most important job of protecting and caring for Maryland’s children.
While same-sex couples in Maryland already enjoy full legal rights, gay marriage activists are not satisfied. This year they used the liberal leadership in Annapolis to push through a bill that redefines marriage for all Marylanders. They believe that marriage needs to be redefined so that the homosexual lifestyle will be normalized.
We don’t have to guess what will happen if marriage is redefined. Homosexual activists know that if the definition of marriage is changed that the homosexual lifestyle will be taught to our children from kindergarten through 12th grade, as is already happening in Massachusetts. They know that the redefinition of marriage will lead to restrictions on free speech as is now occurring in Canada. They also know that the redefinition of marriage will lead to numerous lawsuits where private businesses will either go out of business or will be forced to offer services that may go against their personal religious convictions, as is already happening in New Mexico.
They want us to believe that we can remove the very fabric of society-marriage-and nothing bad will happen. Unfortunately, when marriage is redefined there are significant consequences to individuals, small businesses, churches, couples, and especially to children.
In 2012, we will decide the state’s definition of marriage for our grandparents, ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren. Marriage has been recognized by the state because it is the building block of society and offers a great benefit to our children and our society. The importance of marriage and the consequences to society if marriage is redefined are significant and cannot be ignored. Traditional marriage has served society well for thousands of years, and it is vital that we maintain marriage as the union of one man and one woman.