Here is a perfect example of an elected official allowing his religious beliefs to influence his responsibility as a legislator. Del. Bob Marshall of Virginia ("On marriage, O'Malley should heed O'Brien," Aug 16) obviously does not grasp the concept of separation of church and state. Nowhere in the proposed legislation does it require any religious institution to participate or condone same-sex marriage.
We are all familiar with the phrase "no taxation without representation," but when it comes to the opinions of religious bodies in affairs of state, I would suggest "no representation without taxation" is more appropriate.
Mr. Marshall goes on to say that our governor should think twice before he checks his faith at the door of the governor's mansion. Quite the opposite is true. The governor or any other elected official not only should, but is required to check his or her faith at the door of government.