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February 4, 2012
Jerry Rodkey's letter formulated arguments that are not tied to facts ("Maryland should pass civil unions and move on," Feb. 1). Once again, The Sun continues to allow letter writers to throw out nonsense disguised as facts when the editors should know better. Canada, Australia, Sweden, Argentina, South Africa and other countries have survived quite well the advocacy of same-sex marriages as well as its implementation. No collapse in their societies have ever been documented. And Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage has existed in the U.S. longer than any other state, continues to have the lowest divorce rate in the country.
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By Jonah Goldberg | March 25, 2013
Just because things can be put on the same list doesn't mean they are necessarily similar. My attic contains within it thousands of comic books, an inflatable bed, some jigsaw puzzles, some family pictures and a "Frampton Comes Alive!" album. These things are, roughly speaking, in the same location, but they're hardly of equal value, importance or function. I bring this up for the simple reason that we're hearing a lot about how the GOP must deal with "abortion and gay marriage," as if they are almost the same issue.
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NEWS
February 1, 2012
Last year as the state legislature debated same-sex marriage legislation, gay and lesbian couples and their supporters attacked opponents as extremists and bigots (as in The Sun's Feb. 20 article "Some Catholics support gay marriage," and Julian Bond's letter to the editor of Feb. 22). As the legislature begins to renew the debate, recent attacks on opponents were softened to "cowards. " Articles on same-sex marriage frequently stir emotions and incorrectly portray the debate as either a religious or a discrimination issue.
EXPLORE
October 24, 2012
The case for Question 6, which would affirm Maryland's law authorizing same-sex marriage, is simple. It affirms the principle that the law should treat everyone the same. Marriage is both a religious and a civil institution. Churches, synagogues and mosques have always set their own rules about which marriages they recognize, and this law does not change that fact. What it does is to ensure that no Marylander faces discrimination under the law when it comes to one of the state's fundamental institutions.
NEWS
August 9, 2012
I went to the Perry Hall Chick-fil-A recently and was amazed by the huge turnout ("Crowds flock to Chick-fil-A to back owner on marriage," Aug. 2). While polls may indicate that citizens are equally divided over same-sex marriage, they may not be as accurate as publicized. Marriage between a man and a woman has been part of our culture for thousands of years. The gay and lesbian community could remove this issue from the political arena by agreeing to accept terms such as civil unions or partnerships that granted them essentially equal status with married couples.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2011
Just days into the legislative session, Democratic lawmakers have put together several bills to legalize same-sex unions — ensuring that the topic will see debate in the General Assembly this year. Maryland law defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Lawmakers have attempted to rewrite the law for years; gay-rights advocates and legislative leaders say some form of gay marriage or civil union legislation is likely to pass this year. The Senate has added two Democrats, and at least two new openly gay members were elected to the House of Delegates.
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By DANIELA ALTIMARI | October 2, 2005
HARTFORD, Conn. -- From Hartford, where carnations and applause greeted newly joined couples, to tiny Washington, where two women who have been together for 38 years celebrated with cake and champagne, gay men and lesbians across Connecticut ushered in the state's landmark civil union law yesterday. "It's a historic day and we wanted to be part of it," said Lidia Agramonte, 47, who arrived at Hartford City Hall at 7:30 yesterday morning -- 90 minutes before the doors opened -- with her partner, Maria Gomez, 50. The New Britain couple held a small ceremony in Bushnell Park several hours later.
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By Richard J. Dowling | March 16, 2008
The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. The proposal presumes to invalidate religious opposition by exempting religious institutions from performing same-sex marriages - an unnecessary exemption, as no church can be forced to marry anyone. Proponents of same-sex marriage - as well as such marriage-equivalency arrangements as civil unions and domestic partnerships - claim that bills to legally create those relationships deal only with civil law and should be of no concern to people of faith.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
Your recent editorial about the Episcopal Church's resolution on same-sex unions was very misleading ("Gay marriage and family values," July 13). The Episcopal bishops at their recently concluded triennial General Convention voted to "bless" same-sex civil unions, if the local bishop approves, but they stopped way short of blessing or conducting same-sex "marriages. " A vast majority of Marylanders would very likely wholeheartedly agree. The referendum question on the ballot this November would repeal the law passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the governor making same-sex "marriage" legal in Maryland.
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By Ellen Goodman | November 6, 2000
THETFORD, Vt. -- This is not Vermont at its finest. The autumn leaves that turn this state into a foliage theme park have gone by. And Vermont's image as the benign, harmonious state that dines on Ben & Jerry's and sends the only Socialist to Congress is being shattered. This fall, a heated, angry governor's race hinging on civil unions for gay couples has divided neighbors and split the seams of what everyone now describes as Two Vermonts. The split is easy to see in Thetford, where some folks go to the bean and ham supper at the community hall Sunday night and others commute across the New Hampshire border to Dartmouth College on Monday morning.
NEWS
August 9, 2012
I went to the Perry Hall Chick-fil-A recently and was amazed by the huge turnout ("Crowds flock to Chick-fil-A to back owner on marriage," Aug. 2). While polls may indicate that citizens are equally divided over same-sex marriage, they may not be as accurate as publicized. Marriage between a man and a woman has been part of our culture for thousands of years. The gay and lesbian community could remove this issue from the political arena by agreeing to accept terms such as civil unions or partnerships that granted them essentially equal status with married couples.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
Your recent editorial about the Episcopal Church's resolution on same-sex unions was very misleading ("Gay marriage and family values," July 13). The Episcopal bishops at their recently concluded triennial General Convention voted to "bless" same-sex civil unions, if the local bishop approves, but they stopped way short of blessing or conducting same-sex "marriages. " A vast majority of Marylanders would very likely wholeheartedly agree. The referendum question on the ballot this November would repeal the law passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the governor making same-sex "marriage" legal in Maryland.
NEWS
May 24, 2012
I suggest that The Sun and the Maryland Court of Appeals of Maryland are in too much haste to agree with a too-loud, aggressive minority ("Another boost for same-sex marriage," May 21). The grant of a divorce for a same-sex couple who had married out-of-state was premature and wrong. Admittedly, under current public policy, laws could readily and easily be enacted which grant to civil unions of same-sex couples gone astray from the laws of nature, all of the very same rights and equal protection of the laws that married couples now enjoy.
NEWS
May 16, 2012
For years there has been an increasing acceptance to so-called same-sex marriage (which should be called "civil unions"), and recent remarks by our national political leaders have added to it despite many states having voted otherwise. Isn't it about time to recognize that we are catching up with the pols and the politicians? However, we need a definitive understanding about what we are dealing with. We need to recognize that same-sex commitments are not marriages but rather legal unions, separate and distinct from the marriage commitment between a man and a woman.
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By Cal Thomas | May 12, 2012
Former NPR and current Fox News political analyst Juan Williamsmade an excellent point  recently on "The O'Reilly Factor. " Mr. Williams said the major reason President Barack Obama had not endorsed same-sex marriage is because of the strong opposition to it in the black and Hispanic communities. Who could have doubted, though, that the president favors expanding the definition of marriage to include gays and lesbians? Vice President Joe Biden brought this divisive social issue to the forefront of the presidential campaign with his comments Sunday on "Meet the Press.
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By David Horsey | May 11, 2012
Barack Obama has crossed the Rubicon and come to the defense of same-sex marriage. For him, it was a small step, since his is already the most pro-gay rights presidency in history, but it will have big political ramifications. The war is on. The line is drawn. Mitt Romney -- who, in another incarnation as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, said he stood to the left of Teddy Kennedy on gay rights issues -- now is opposed not only to gay marriage but to civil unions.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporter | March 6, 2008
Concerned that they won't be able to muster the votes for a comprehensive bill on same-sex unions this year, state lawmakers are considering a tactical shift toward legislation that would grant a number of rights to gay and lesbian couples but stop short of full-fledged marriage or civil unions. Such a bill would create a legal relationship for gay and lesbian couples that confers as many as possible of the several hundred rights granted to married couples under state law. "We're looking at a smaller basket of rights and benefits," said Sen. Jamie Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2011
A majority of Maryland Senate Republicans — but not all — oppose legislation to recognize gay marriage, caucus leaders said Tuesday. The group voted behind closed doors to take a formal position against a bill that would allow same-sex couples to apply for and receive marriage licenses. Official caucus positions must reflect the views of at least eight members. "We met that threshold," Senate Minority Leader Nancy Jacobs said in a statement. "The caucus expects extensive debate on this bill and we look forward to discussions of why so many Marylanders are passionate about this issue.
NEWS
May 9, 2012
President Barack Obama's announcement that he supports gay marriage is a heartening development in the campaign for equality, and it is commendable that he made his view public before the November election rather than afterward. But he needs to do more. Gay marriage won't be the central issue in his campaign against Republican Mitt Romney - the economy remains the foremost issue for voters - but the president needs to continue speaking out about the topic nonetheless. Voters in Washington, Maine and, most likely, Maryland will be voting on the issue this fall, and the president has the opportunity to play a meaningful role in those decisions, particularly here.
NEWS
May 6, 2012
Letter writer Anna M. Harrison spoke of the "separation of church and state" and "the Inquisition" in describing Catholic parishes collecting signatures to petition Maryland's same-sex marriage law to referendum ("The Catholic Church has become a hurtful and hypocritical institution," May 3). She also approved of Susan Reimer 's column "What would Jesus do? Not stuff like this" (April 30). As to the separation of church and state, I vote based on my values, and my values are formed by my spiritual beliefs.
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