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October 31, 2012
As a devout Christian, I have spent the majority of my 62 years in close relationship with a God of love, compassion and acceptance. Once who created me in His own image, to live in His ways on this earth, and to care for the other creatures who He created, whether human or not. He commanded me in Baptism to lead a good life and to worship Him. In Confirmation, I accepted His challenge. Later in life, I took on more responsibilities to make known His holy word to others in all that I do each day, whether personally, or in business situations.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2013
A website called GayStarNews has cheered the news that "the world's most renowned dictionary of the English language has officially changed the definition of 'marriage' to include gay people. " They mean the Oxford English Dictionary . News may not yet have reached them that Merriam-Webster's Unabridged  also has " (1)   :   the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife  (2)   :   the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.
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NEWS
April 17, 2012
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s recent column about gay marriage ("Drawing a line at same-sex marriage," April 15) is rife with contradictions. For starters, he says that a ballot initiative opposing gay marriage will be supported by a coalition of religious groups and social conservatives. He then dismisses the notion that opposition to gay marriages isn't discriminatory or fueled by religious intolerance. He rationalizes his position by saying he endured the slings and arrows of outrage from social conservatives and religious groups.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
Yesterday afternoon the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, following this week's Supreme Court ruling that declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional, lifted the stay on same-sex marriage in California. Promptly, Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier , the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Proposition 8, were married in San Francisco, California Attorney General Kamala Harris officiating. The Los Angeles Times reports grumbling by proponents of the dead-letter Proposition 8 that the appeals court should not have observed the normal waiting period following a high-court ruling, and no doubt there will be much wagging of heads in some pulpits tomorrow over the triumph of sin and the likely appearance of the Antichrist.* But it seems to me that there are clear reasons for which legalization of gay marriage should please conservative-minded people.
NEWS
February 24, 2012
I am thrilled to see the Maryland House of Delegates finally passed a bill allowing for marriage equality for all of our state's citizens ("A step for equality," Feb. 20). Still, I am confused by statements and amendments made and proposed by those that are supposed to be leaders of our fine state. Del. Steve Schuh of Anne Arundel County was opining on the creation as if he was there, and the Catholic Church claimed political arm-twisting, something they certainly have never been a party to. My questions for all the groups who have consistently opposed equal marriage rights for all citizens is this: If marriage is a religious ceremony as you claim, why do you have to go to court to get a divorce?
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 29, 1996
PHILADELPHIA -- The Central Conference of American Rabbis, representing 1,750 rabbis of the liberal Reform movement, voted yesterday to support civil marriage for lesbians and gay men and to oppose governmental efforts to bar such unions.The resolution of the central conference, which passed resoundingly by voice vote at its convention here, has no practical religious consequences, since it avoids the question of rabbis officiating at same-sex marriages. But it could have considerable political impact, coming as state legislatures around the nation are debating the issue in anticipation that Hawaii may allow marriages of people of the same sex next year.
NEWS
October 24, 2012
As a retired Roman Catholic priest, I can see many religious reasons to support the civil marriage equality law ("Scare tactics on Question 6," Oct. 18). Both Scripture and Christian theology are supportive and persuasive. In the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus tells his followers to give back to Caesar (civil government) what belongs to Caesar. In the letters of Paul and Peter there are instructions to respect civil society. Don't mix the laws of the state with those of the church: Jesus' kingdom is not of this world.
NEWS
October 11, 2012
I am a practicing Catholic who supports and will vote for Question 6 and Marriage Equality in Maryland. It is my Catholic faith and understanding of Catholic social teaching that demands it. Catholic social teaching says the person is not only sacred but also social. Marriage is social. Catholic social teaching calls for dignity and says that in a healthy community every person has a fundamental right to the things required for human decency. Forbidding civil marriage to a particular group takes away that dignity for the couple and their children.
NEWS
February 23, 2012
I am among the estimated 10 to 15 percent of Americans who are atheist. We are just as moral as any other group of Americans. As I read or watch the news on TV, I am filled with horror as our elected representatives kowtow to the persistent pressure from "good Christians" trying to force their beliefs on us and make the country a "Christian nation. " They are trying to force their religion into laws covering everything from civil marriage to contraception to a woman's decision whether to have an abortion.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
The argument that religious groups have the right to dictate social mores in order to protect their religious freedom is hollow and in fact turns the whole concept of religious liberty on its head. To say that any particular religion's duty to its own higher power takes precedence over the claims of society as a whole negates the freedom of all religions. No one denies that churches and other charitable institutions provide many worthwhile services. That is why they are tax exempt.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2013
In a week filled with gay news, let's start with what didn't happen this week: Supreme Court decisions regarding same-sex marriage . Not that the lack of the decision -- or for that matter, any hint as to what the decision will be -- stopped preemptive backlash against it. More than 200 conservative activists released a statement Thursday in which they vow to ignore any Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality . The statement comes...
NEWS
November 4, 2012
Do you have a friend, co-worker, relative, or neighbor who is gay? Are they not equal citizens and human beings? How can we deny them the same rights that we heterosexuals enjoy? If your religion prevents you from accepting our gay brothers and sisters into your congregation or accepting them as equals, then so be it. Remember this law - Question 6 on the ballot - is about civil marriage and does nothing, absolutely nothing to change your church or its religious rites. Read the law if you doubt this fact.
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Dan Rodricks | November 3, 2012
Last Sunday in Baltimore's St. Vincent de Paul Church, its longtime pastor, the Rev. Richard T. Lawrence, delivered a thoughtful and nuanced argument for support of the Question 6 ballot referendum. This, of course, was news in Roman Catholic circles — an opinion from the pulpit fully at odds with the hierarchy of a church that has devoted much time and money to voter rejection of a Maryland law that allows couples of the same sex to wed. Lawrence is the most eloquent homilist I've ever heard.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
Dan Rodricks recently asked "What would Jesus do?" in reference to same sex unions, quoting scripture and concluding that he would support them ("Same-sex unions: What would Jesus do?" Oct. 25). Reader Sharon A. Knotts, also quoting scripture, came to the opposite conclusion in her letter ("Jesus would have opposed same-sex marriage," Oct. 30). Really though, I don't care what Jesus would think of gay marriage. I don't care if he'd approve. I don't care if he'd disapprove. You see I'm not Christian, so what I care about is people who want the government to care what Jesus would think.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
Most election cycles voters are faced with various questions and referendums when they enter the voting booth. I write today highlighting one of the most important and controversial questions that Maryland voters will have the final say on. Question 6, The Civil Marriage Protection Act, will be one with which many will struggle. As a life-long Republican, I wholeheartedly support the passage of this measure. Some may feel that it is contradictory to be a staunch Republican who supports marriage equality.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
As a devout Christian, I have spent the majority of my 62 years in close relationship with a God of love, compassion and acceptance. Once who created me in His own image, to live in His ways on this earth, and to care for the other creatures who He created, whether human or not. He commanded me in Baptism to lead a good life and to worship Him. In Confirmation, I accepted His challenge. Later in life, I took on more responsibilities to make known His holy word to others in all that I do each day, whether personally, or in business situations.
NEWS
February 9, 2011
While I am impressed with Nancy Jacobs' concern for Maryland's small businesses ( "Hundreds crowd Senate for hearing on same-sex marriage," Feb. 8), she is surely aware that her gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered constituents make all manner of purchases — we buy groceries, we shop for clothes, we purchase movie tickets. Defending a hypothetical bigoted bakery against the horrors of the gay dollar is simply an example of the level of mental acrobatics opponents of same-sex marriage have to go through in order to argue an increasingly untenable position.
NEWS
October 24, 2012
In the often emotional debate that has emerged around Question 6 and same-sex marriage, one fact is indisputable: Most Marylanders have never attended a same-sex wedding. I did recently and it was wonderful. My daughter is 30, has a doctorate in psychology and works on domestic violence issues for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Her partner manages an animal shelter there. They have been in love for years and wanted to make a lifelong commitment to each other.
NEWS
October 24, 2012
As a retired Roman Catholic priest, I can see many religious reasons to support the civil marriage equality law ("Scare tactics on Question 6," Oct. 18). Both Scripture and Christian theology are supportive and persuasive. In the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus tells his followers to give back to Caesar (civil government) what belongs to Caesar. In the letters of Paul and Peter there are instructions to respect civil society. Don't mix the laws of the state with those of the church: Jesus' kingdom is not of this world.
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