Same-sex marriage vote risks tyranny of the majority

May 31, 2012

Soon, there will be no separation of church and state if Maryland's same-sex marriage law goes to a referendum. The state is permitting a congregation of folks to impose their religious beliefs on the secular public.

We don't need a math teacher to deduce that the signers of the current petition are largely people of faith. By accepting the petition, religion wins and nonbelievers — who though in the minority are still voters and taxpayers — are dismissed as sinners.

Same-sex marriage and abortion are private matters for individuals to decide, not the will of God. The state should steer clear of any legislation regarding these matters. To do otherwise would be to admit that Christians have a legal right to dictate the behavior of everyone else.

John Holter, Baltimore

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