Marriage in the Free State

March 03, 2011

I am beyond tired of reading responses to the gay marriage bill. For once and for all: We are a democracy, not a theocracy.

Our representatives are supposed to vote according to the constitution of the country or in this case, the state. Those who berate our representatives for not voting according to the Bible are wrong on so many levels.

First, whose Bible should they follow? Second, there were slave owners in the Bible. Should we follow that path too?

You don't have the liberty to cherry pick what you personally like and dislike in the Bible and govern accordingly.

Finally, if a same-sex marriage bill passes it will not affect your religious views, your place of worship or how you personally perceive marriage. It will, however, make those in the gay and lesbian community equal to you in the eyes of the law. Isn't that what our leaders in Annapolis are supposed to do?

Let's hope when the dust settles that we live up to our motto, that Maryland truly is the "Free State."

Barbara Blumberg, Baltimore

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