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.
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. 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.
In 2012, over 110,000 people signed the petition to let this important decision go the ballot so that Marylanders could vote on it. A remarkable 89% of the signatures were approved. The extraordinary thing about this referendum effort is that these signatures were all signed and approved a month ahead of the deadline to turn them in. There was an outpouring of citizen support and grassroot activism, as well as a partnership with the Maryland Marriage Alliance that made it possible.
On November 6th, 201, 52% of the voters in Maryland approved the law by a very slim margin.