December 6, 2012
Even before pressing the elevator button to the sixth floor of the courthouse, Jessie Weber and Nancy Eddy were grinning so broadly that fellow passengers guessed their destination: the marriage license office. “I'll marry you today,” a Baltimore circuit judge happily told the two women, who were among the first same-sex couples to get a marriage license on Thursday, the first day they became available under a new Maryland law upheld by voters in November. Actually, same-sex couples have to wait until Jan. 1 to wed, when the law expanding marriage rights to gays and lesbians takes effect.
November 29, 2012
Maryland courts can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting in December, as long as the effective date is Jan. 1, according to an opinion issued this afternoon by Attorney General Doug Gansler. The 19-page opinion will likely lead to a slew of New Year's Eve weddings in the Free State, as gay couples who've long waited for the law to change can finally marry at midnight. It has been clear that Maryland's new law legalizing same-sex marriage would take effect Jan. 1 if approved at referendum, but many believed the first licenses would be issued a few days later because of the New Year holiday and a mandatory 48-hour waiting period.
November 5, 2012
I am a Roman Catholic, and I will be voting for Question 6 on the Maryland ballot on Tuesday. I am voting for this referendum because I believe my family member, Mike, and his partner, Ron, have as much right to marry as I have. I am voting for this referendum because I believe my friend, Jen, and her wife have as much right to be married as I am. I have been happily married to my husband for 26 years. I am also a mental health counselor who counsels lesbian and gay clients as well as straight clients.
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.
October 31, 2012
Marriage, as it has existed for hundreds of years, goes far beyond the commitment of two individuals to each other. It is more about the formation of new families. The parents of marrying spouses eagerly look forward to the arrival of grandchildren after the marriage. The natural family unit has been, is, and will always be, a father (male), a mother (female) and a child. By themselves, gay and lesbian couples are by nature unable to create new human life. For this reason, gay and lesbian couples are not equal to heterosexual couples and their commitment should be recognized in a different legal institution.
October 22, 2012
Katie Murchison of Laurel and John Ross of Cherokee, N.C., were married on Sept. 22, 2012 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Laurel. Katie is the daughter of Joe and Marilyn Murchison of Laurel. John is the son of Tim and Marcia Ross of Johnson City, Tenn. The bride graduated from St. Olaf College and worked as coordinator of children's, youth and young adult ministries at First Christian Church of Falls Church, Va. The groom, a graduate of the University of Chicago, works for the U.S. Indian Health Service in Cherokee, N.C. where the couple now resides.
October 19, 2012
Wedding day: Sept. 29, 2012 Thomas' story: Thomas Roberts, 40, grew up in Towson and is a news anchor for MSNBC. His mother, Michelle Roberts, is retired and worked in the finance department for Sheppard Pratt Health System. His father, Albert "Rob" Roberts Jr., is a real estate appraiser. Patrick's story: Patrick Abner, 39, grew up in Richmond, Ky. He works for the pharmaceutical company Merck as a community liaison for the HIV division. His mother, Patricia Abner, is retired and was formerly a social worker for a hospital in Berea, Ky. His father, Dale Abner, is retired from the Army.
October 9, 2012
A new 30-second television commercial opposing same-sex marriage makes a claim that children "do best" when reared in a traditional, heterosexual marriage - or, as the ad says, by "their married mom and dad. " What the ad says: The ad is narrated by a woman while images of young married couples and babies flash across the screen. The ad, funded by the Maryland Marriage Alliance, says that the institution of marriage has a long history in society and is "more than what adults want for themselves - it is about the next generation.
October 1, 2012
Thomas Roberts, a news anchor for MSNBC who grew up in Towson, is marrying Patrick D. Abner, his partner of 12 years, at a ceremony today in New York City. Roberts, who is 39, is a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and McDaniel College in Westminster. The ceremony was scheduled for the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, according to his publicist, Pete Sanders. Gavin Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco and current Lieutenant Governor of California, officiated. Roberts was previously was seen on CNN and Entertainment Tonight and Insider.
September 25, 2012
What Sun staff writers like Susan Reimer never seem to consider is whether Jesus was ever a real person ("At home with the Jesus," Sept. 24). He was not. Paul never intended Jesus to be anything other than a spiritual being. Others invented life details later. We cannot have a debate about whether Jesus had a wife before we approach the question of his historicity, because it preempts many arguments. By the way, Santa's not real either. Theodore Houk