September 11, 2012
Don’t forget to vote against Question 6!
(Civil Marriage Protection Act a.k.a. Same Sex Marriage)
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September 7, 2012
Nix Question 6!
Just in from the Maryland Marriage Alliance… They now have available a flyer for us to pass out so we can educate voters on how to vote for Question 6 on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Click here for the flier provided by the MMA, and if you would like to make copies of this flier and distribute them please do so.
As election campaigning gets into full swing, you should know which political party best represents your values. The official Democratic and Republican platforms have been adopted by their respective parties and clearly indicate stark differences.
*The Democratic Convention held a controversial second vote (three times) to amend the originally adopted platform. Watch this video to judge the results of the vote for yourself.
A lot is at stake in the November 6, 1012 election. Are you prepared to vote your values? First and foremost, are you registered to vote? If not…
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The 2012 AFA Action Voter Guide includes voting records, endorsements, donation records and issue surveys for candidates running for U.S. President, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Some state guides include state-level races as well.
If you are deeply concerned with the direction our country is moving, use your influence by becoming an informed and well-equipped voter.
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Letter from the President of the National Organization of Marriage
You and I know that marriage is not a partisan issue.
We are Democrats, Republicans and Independents, coming together to support something bigger than party: God’s own truth about marriage.
Sadly, though, the Democrat party this week officially and formally became the party of gay marriage.
Yet, apparently still fearing public backlash over some issues, Democrat party leaders reversed the effort to strip the word “God” from the platform, and they put the word “Jerusalem” back in the party platform, to widely spread boos and catcalls from their delegates and audience during a questionable voice vote.
Still, they nevertheless unhesitatingly adopted gay marriage as core to their party platform:
Freedom to Marry. We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.
We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.
Michelle Obama gave a beautiful speech about her husband at the convention this week.
But the First Lady also endorsed gay marriage–as a core civil right–as a major part of the American struggle:
… if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream, and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love, then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.
Not every Democrat is on board with the President and First Lady’s program. I know from your letters and emails.
I also know because Rev. Bill Owens was at Charlotte as the conscience of the party and the nation.
Major religious leaders from the heart of the black church gathered with Rev. Owens to tell the delegates: You do not represent the whole party… and you do not represent the conscience of the nation.
Click here to see Rev. Owens speaking on this issue.
We will not let any politician, or any party, suppress our voice!
We will stand up for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, oriented (if we want to speak of orientation!) towards the good of children.
Only marriage can give children a mom and dad united in one family!
No other union can do that — and another kind of union masquerading as marriage, but denying this essential part of its definition, is no marriage at all!
What’s at stake? Well, consider Brazil: there, courts imposed gay marriage. Now, registrars are shocking the conscience of the nation by imposing polygamous unions.
The BBC is reporting that a union between three people, two women and a man, in Sao Paulo is causing major outrage.
The publication says that public notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues, based in the city of Tupa, feels the couple is entitled to the same family rights that traditional couples have.
And, after all, why not? The principle articulated by the beautiful Michelle Obama from the Democratic party platform—’you can marry anyone you love’—has no stopping point, no core, and no rootedness in truth, especially God’s truth.
God created marriage. He gave us that gift—not government.
Respecting His will and His design is what you, and I, and NOM and its allies stand for.
The fights these days grow intense. Absurd campaign finance laws prevent me from going into detail with you about the national fight for marriage now taking place deep in blue states, but in November the people of Washington, Minnesota, Maryland—and that one other blue state I can’t mention legally—will decide the future of marriage in decisions that will reverberate to the Supreme Court.
Ted Olsen, who led the legal efforts challenging California’s Proposition 8, is now desperately backpedalling, trying to keep the Court from reviewing his handiwork in that case. Why? Because he’s afraid he will lose.
The case challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 is “an attractive vehicle” for determining “whether the States may discriminate against gay men and lesbians in the provision of marriage licenses” — but the Supreme Court should pass on the case, lawyers challenging the law say, and let stand an appeals court ruling that strikes down the 2008 amendment on narrow grounds.
But we know Who wins in the end, don’t we?
Thank you for giving NOM the privilege—the absolute privilege—of being your voice for marriage.
We fight and we win because of what you have made possible.
I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to speak for the values we all hold dear—even more importantly, for the value God holds dear.
We will not stop. We will fight. And we will win!
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage
September 6, 2012
Julia Vidmar from the Maryland Marriage Alliance will be speaking at St. Ignatius on Friday September 28th at 7:30pm. She will be presenting an update on the referendum as well as things you can do to help. Please help pass the word along. Click here to see the flier on this event.
Don’t forget to come pray with us here at Oak Grove Baptist on Saturday, September 22nd at 2:00pm.
Stay tuned for more events and ways you can help the campaign to uphold traditional marriage.
August 26, 2012
Dear Marriage Supporters,
Urge everyone you know to VOTE AGAINST QUESTION 6 this November.
As I’m sure you know, on Monday Maryland’s Secretary of State released the ballot language for the same-sex marriage legislation that will redefine marriage for all Marylanders unless it is overturned by the voters.
Proponents of the law claim the ballot language reflects the measure’s supposed religious freedom protections for those who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman. This claim is misguided and ignores the fundamental reason to reject this measure.
The definition of marriage is given to us by our nature as human beings, and supersedes government and religious institutions. Redefining marriage will undermine the family structure for all of society, and strip from law a basic recognition of the vital role that mothers and fathers together play in the lives of children.
Moreover, what the new law pretends to offer as religious protections, it then takes away in language that the Secretary of State has failed to include in the ballot question. According to the actual legislation, religious organizations that accept any sort of state or federal funds are excluded from religious liberty protections. They are not exempt, and there are no protections for businesses or individuals.
Please note: people will not be voting no, they will be voting “For” or “Against” Question 6. The Conference and the Maryland Marriage Alliance will be updating our materials to note this change and recommend that you begin using “AGAINST” instead of “No” in your conversations. It is a small distinction, but very important to eliminate confusion at the polls.
Please continue adding your marriage volunteers into our volunteer system at: www.mdcathcon.org/marriagevolunteer. We need everyone involved as we gear up for the last 70-odd days of the campaign.
Also, while the Maryland Marriage Alliance is creating a new website, please send electronic donations to them at: https://www.sagepayments.net/eftcart/forms/donate.asp?M_id=187914142355 (Donations to the Maryland Marriage Alliance are not tax deductible.)
Marylanders should not be fooled into thinking we can redefine marriage and still protect religious liberty. We urge them to vote against Question 6 and to uphold marriage in Maryland as between one man and one woman.
Thank you.Kathy Dempsey Director of Communications Maryland Catholic Conference 410-269-1155 / 301-261-1979 http://www.mdcathcon.org/ http://www.facebook.com/mdcathcon www.twitter.com/mdcathcon
August 21, 2012
Below is a press release from the MMA on the exact wording for Question 6, Referendum Petition, Civil Marriage Protection Act as it will appear on the ballot Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
Civil Marriage Protection Act (Ch. 2 of the 2012 Legislative Session)
Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.
For the Referred Law
Against the Referred Law – VOTE AGAINST QUESTION 6!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2012
Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Question Language Obscures Main Point
Ballot question language focus on so-called exceptions will backfire as wary voters demand to know about the consequences of redefining marriage
Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Marriage Alliance today said that the official language of the question released by the Secretary of State is intended to obscure the impact of the legislation redefining marriage by focusing on so-called exceptions rather than the rule. The campaign against the legislation said that though the Secretary of State likely attempted to bias voters in favor of the legislation, by focusing on the exceptions voters will be even more wary about the impact of the bill.
“This is a transparent attempt by the Secretary of State to bias voters to be in favor of the legislation, but it’s an attempt that will backfire,” said Derek McCoy, Executive Director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, which collected nearly 200,000 voter signatures to put the issue before voters. “Voters will be inherently suspicious of any description that goes to such lengths to say what supposedly isn’t impacted, rather than deal forthrightly with what obviously is impacted. Maryland parents who send their children to public schools are immediately asking how does this affect what is taught in schools. Business owners have a right to know if their personal opinions about same-sex marriage will find them in violation of the law. It’s a classic ‘pay no attention to that man behind the curtain’ moment that will make it easier for us to bring attention to the profound consequences of redefining marriage.”
The primary purpose of Question 6 as passed by legislators is to redefine marriage in Maryland. The bill would change Maryland’s definition of marriage from being between one man and one woman to being between any two eligible adults. By making marriage a genderless institution and stripping it of its role in connecting children to their parents, the law would create a genderless institution of marriage that applies to everyone.
“The ballot language will make it clear to voters that there obviously are many consequences to redefining marriage, because so much of the description is about alleged exceptions,” said McCoy. “The language naturally begs the question, ‘well, if these groups are exempted who is impacted?’ which is precisely the question we intend to focus on throughout our campaign. Redefining marriage has profound consequences for individuals, small businesses and religious groups, and for all of society.”
The Maryland Marriage Alliance is a grassroots, non-partisan, interfaith coalition dedicated to preserving the traditional definition of marriage in Maryland law.
July 30, 2012
July 20, 2012
Changing the definition of marriage has far reaching consequences.
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Congrats to Chick-fil-A Standing for Marriage!
July 19, 2012
WE NEED YOUR VOTE IN NOVEMBER…
…which means you must be registered to vote by: OCTOBER 16TH!
Spread the word to friends and family who are not registered and register today!!! http://www.elections.state.md.us/voter_registration/application.html
July 11, 2012
June 25, 2012
Today, we have submitted 39,743 signatures to the Board of Elections – the total count of what we have received from the month of June. This brings our grand total to……..162,241!!!!!!!!!! We have surpassed our goal of 150K signatures because you have been engaged and active and working for this cause! CONGRATULATIONS MMA FANS
June 8, 2012
Do you believe it? Over 70,000 signatures have been validated so far by the BOE and they still have 40,000 more to process…and MMA is still collecting! Turn in your signatures by June 18th so that YOUR VOICE will be heard!
March 26, 2012
I want to pass a long a few important pieces of information about the same sex marriage petition drive. The first is Gay Rights Supporters **ARE** actively trying to sabotage this drive. As a result we have had to take a few extra precautions to make sure all out signatures are legitimate. That one reason training is required to collect signatures.
Secondly there is a PDF version of the petition circulating around on the internet. DO NOT PRINT AND USE THE PDF VERSION! At least one variant of this file only has one side. If the petition only has one side the board of elections will throw it out. Also do not copy petitions. If you are circulating petitions and need more we can get more. The reason for this is not only does the printed information for the person signing the petition need to be legible, the form itself has to be legible. Copying does not always produce a legible copy especially if it is a copy of a copy. So do not copy forms. The MMA has a runner that picks up completed petitions at a designated distribution point and drops off blank forms if needed.
As a security precaution when you pick up petitions you have to fill out a check out form for the petitions you take out. When you bring them back you have to fill out a check in form. This serves two purposes. 1) it makes it harder for Gay Rights Supporters to get their hand s on petitions. and 2) when the MMA does their review of signatures, if they start finding consistant problems with the way the signatures are collected. The person collecting the signatures can be tracked down more easily and corrections made to the collection process.
If you have not had training and would like to circulate petitions there will be a training April 1, at 12:15 in room 305. Bring a bag lunch. Also if you have not already done so, let me know if you plan to attend so I know how many handouts to print.
Lastly, if you know of other churches or groups that would like to start pettion drives have them contract me. One of the things I would like to do is set up a couple places in the county where poeple can walk in and sign a petition. In order to do that a trained person mus tbe present to observe the signer. If you have petitions do not leave them unattended in a public place.
Thank you for your support of tradtional marriage!
March 16, 2012
From the Maryland Marriage Alliance:
Dear Maryland Marriage Supporters!
Thank you for your continued interest in upholding marriage in Maryland and in our efforts to bring this issue to the voters in Maryland. We are pleased to announce that the petition drive for the referendum is now officially underway!
Maryland requires 56,000 valid signatures to place this bill on the ballot in November, however our goal is to gather a minimum of 150,000 signatures by May 31st. Past efforts have proven that the Board of Elections will invalidate at least 30% of the signatures, so it is imperative that we gather thousands and get it right! We are confident, thanks to your continued engagement, that we can meet this goal!
This email is loaded with details pertaining to our petition drive. Please read the following information carefully and let us know if you have further questions.
Petition Drive Trainings: Maryland has very stringent laws on the ways that petitions must be filled out and we want to focus our efforts on keeping as many signatures as possible from being invalidated. For this reason, it is critical that those who will be organizing petition drives in churches, homes, organizations, offices etc., attend one of our training meetings listed below. The trainings will include information on set-up, implementation, signature gathering, verification, and delivery. This information is very important to ensuring that correct procedures are followed at your petition drive in order to avoid any signatures being invalidated. Training meetings will be one hour in length.
If you do not see a training meeting listed that you can attend, consider hosting a training meeting at a church or an available meeting space in your county. Call or email us with the date and time you would like to do so and we will schedule a trainer to come to you.
Train the Trainers: If you have been trained already, would you consider setting up a meeting to train others? Please let us know the date and time of this meeting and we will be glad to assist you. Please contact to Julia or Dee at 410-858-4030 ext 7011 regarding these meetings.
Online Petitions: For those of you who are not able to attend a petition drive at your church or know of others who may not be able to do so, there is a process by which a petition may be requested online and mailed directly to your home. You can do this through our website: marylandmarriagealliance.com. Once you receive the petition, you must fill it out correctly and mail it back to the address listed.
The online petition process is a valuable resource to be able to reach as many citizens of the state as possible. We do, however, encourage as many as possible to run signature drives at their church, home, or organization. This is the primary way that we can foresee a successful petition drive.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! We need all hands on deck for this petition drive to be successful. This means that we not only need folks to be running signature drives, but we also need folks to volunteer their time and energy to help us verify the signatures that have been returned to us. Are you detail oriented? Good with data entry? Want to more fully participate in this process? Call Julia or Dee at the office today! Let us know your availability and we will arrange a time to get you trained and ready to go!
Below is the list of available training dates, times, and locations. If you are interested in attending a particular training, please RSVP to Julia or Dee by email [Julia@ marylandmarriagealliance.com, firstname.lastname@example.org] or by phone [410-858-4030, ext 7011] so that we are able to prepare enough materials for the attendees.
Thank you for your time, your engagement, your prayers, and your enthusiasm for this cause! We know that together we can make a difference in Maryland!
Let the petition drives begin!
The Maryland Marriage Alliance Team
PRELIMINARY STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO PREPARE FOR A PETITION SIGNING:
Make your name count!
1. Look up your voter registration name at WWW.MDELECTIONS.COM or from your voter registration card.
2. On the first line— PRINT your name exactly as it is listed in the voter registration roles. PRINT as clearly and legibly as possible.
3. On the third line– SIGN your name exactly as you printed it.
SIGN as clearly and legibly as possible.
4. BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE DATES!!!!!
- Put YOUR BIRTH DATE -Month/Day/Year in the UPPER right hand corner.
- Put TODAYS DATE -Month/Day/Year in the LOWER right hand corner.
5. Fill in the address section carefully, completely and clearly. Don’t abbreviate or take short cuts.
LIST OF PETITION TRAINING DATES & LOCATIONS:
The following trainings will be held by the Maryland Marriage Alliance to assist churches in conducting petition signature drives. The Board of Elections’ rules for collecting valid signatures are very strict, so it is critically important that at least one volunteer from your church attend a training prior to scheduling a petition drive.
We will forward information about additional trainings as they are scheduled. Please contact us if you would like to sponsor a training at your church.
PLEASE RSVP to Julia Vidmar to let us know which training your church’s volunteer(s) will attend:
julia@ marylandmarriagealliance.com, 410-858-4030 ext. 7011Thursday, March 15th – 12:00 pm Quinn Chapel Christian Church 132 E. Fourth Street Frederick, MD 21701 Saturday, March 17th – 9:00am Woodstream Church 9800 Lottsford Road Mitchellville, MD 20721 Saturday, March 17th – 2:00 pm Oak Grove Baptist Church 2106 Churchville Rd Bel Air, MD 21015-4908 Meeting will be held in EB1, RM305 410-838-9898 Saturday, March 17th – 4:00pm Rising Sun First Baptist Church 2211 St. Luke’s Lane Baltimore, MD 21230 Monday, March 19th – 7:00pm Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church 6000 Radecke Avenue Baltimore, MD 21206 410-325-3080 ext 215 Wednesday, March 21st- 7:00 pm St. Mark’s the Evangelist Catholic Church 7501 Adelphi Road Hyattsville, MD 20783 (301) 422-8300 Wednesday, March 21st – 6:30 pm Bethany Baptist Church 4200 Townsend Ave Brooklyn, MD 21225 Pastor Therm James Thursday, March 22nd – 6:30 pm Christian Community Church of God 2701 West Baltimore Street (Elder Conway Green Way) Baltimore, Maryland 21223 (410) 945-1885 Saturday, March 24th – 10:00 am St. Agnes Catholic Church (Meeting in old school cafeteria) 5422 Old Frederick Road Baltimore MD 21229 (410) 744-2900 Tuesday, March 27 – 7:00 pm St. Gregory the Great Parish 1542 North Gilmor Street Baltimore MD 21217 Phone: (410) 523-0061 Wednesday, March 28th – 7:00pm Manna Bible Christian Church 3043 West Belvedere Ave Baltimore, MD 21215 (443) 802 2446 Thursday, March 29th – 7:00 pm Mt. Airy Bible Church 16700 Old Frederick Road Mount Airy, Maryland 21771 (410) 489-4321 Thursday, March 29th – 7:00 pm Kent Island Methodist Church Cox Neck Road Chester, MD Fellowship Hall, Rm 108 Saturday, March 30th – 10:00 am Calvary Baptist Church 14513 McMullen Hwy Cresaptown, MD 21502 (301) 729 0784 Sunday, March 1st – 12:15 pm Oak Grove Baptist Church 2106 Churchville Rd Bel Air, MD 21015-4908 Meeting will be held in EB1, RM305 410-838-9898 Tuesday, April 10th – 7:00pm Pastor Robert Anderson Colonial Baptist Church 9411 Liberty Road Randallstown Md 21133 Church: 410 655 1080 Cell: 4109774409
Help us preserve marriage in Maryland!!!
[Checks can be written to the Maryland Marriage Alliance and sent to PO Box 106, Annapolis, MD 21404, memo "marriage"]
March 6, 2012
The following was sent from Delegate Dwyer’s office. Also, be sure you are registered to vote. Your signature will be invalid if you are not registered to vote.
Dear Marriage Supporters:
At 12:30 today Delegate Neil Parrott and MDpetitions.com hosted a press conference to unveil the official plan for the referendum effort.
Delegate Parrott revealed that the official site to collect referendum signature will be www.marylandmarriagealliance.com , and that mdpetitions will oversee collection process and verification of all signatures.
This agreement provides the best solution to guarantee a successful referendum against same sex marriage.
Take action now to sign up and be alerted as soon as the petition is available.
Constitutionally Yours,Don H. Dwyer, Jr. Delegate Maryland General Assembly District 31, Anne Arundel County 410-841-3047 (office) www.delegatedwyer.com
February 17, 2012
The Same Sex Marriage Act was passed in the Maryland House of Delegates by a vote of 72-67 on February 17, 2012, and by the Maryland State Senate on February 23, 2012 by a vote of 25-22. It is expected to by signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley March 1, 2012 making Maryland the 8th state in the union to legalize same sex marriage. This law will not go into effect until January 2013. A petition to put this law to a referendum in November is currently being formed. The Maryland Marriage Alliance is the offical referendum organization. To sign up to get a petition and keep updated on the petition process go to www.marylandmarriagealliance.com. This is the official referendum site.
In order to sign the petition you 1) must be registered to vote 2) must sign you name exactly as it is one your voter registration card. If you don’t your signature will be thrown out. For example. The name on my voter registration card is “Cynthia LaVerne Cash”. If I sign the petition as LaVerne Cash, Cynthia L. Cash, C. LaVerne Cash or C. L. Cash my signature will not count. It must be Cynthia LaVerne Cash. To register to vote if you haven’t already or to find out what name is on your voter registration card contact your county board of elections. In Harford County that is www.harfordvotes.info . Or call 410-638-3565 or 410-879-2000. (I have found where to vote on the web site but haven’t found the page where you find out how your name is listed. You may end up having to call on that one.)
February 14, 2012
Gay rights supporters are mounting a full court press. Gov. O’Malley has started targeting Republican supporters and making very lucrative offers for their support of the same sex marriage bill. These types of activities enabled the bill to pass in New York and Washington. Call /email your senators and delegates. To find out who your senator and representatives are go to mdelect.net. It is believed that the bill will be voted out of committee and voted on this week. It is important that you contact you delegates and let them know you want them to vote against HB 439 – Civil Marriage Protection Act (Same Sex Marriage). Encourage others to do the same. Also go to the “Delegate Contact” tab and contact delegates on that list as well. This week is critical that traditional marriage supporters have their voices heard and their presence known. Volunteers are needed to visit delegates in their office in Annapolis this week (Feb 13-17). If you would like to do this, the best time to catch Delegates is from 8:30-10am and then again 11:00- 1pm. If you are interested, contact Julia Vidmar (from the Maryland Marriage Alliance) at 410-858-4030 or by email at Julia@marylandmarriagealliance.com or Julia@mdfamilies.org.
February 2, 2012
There will be a prayer for marriage this Sunday at 3:00pm beginning at the Annapolis State House steps. Please join us in praying for our governor and legislators to preserve marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
What a wonderful Rally for Marriage! To see some footage of the rally, go to:
The Senate hearing on marriage was this past Tuesday. A heartfelt testimony was given by 14-year old Sarah Crank. Hear her speech, and read the “tolerant” blogs in response. Is this a sample of the freedom of expression that will be experienced if marriage is redefined?
The bill to redefine marriage has now been introduced into the House of Delegates. It is bill number HB 438. This bill is identical to the Senate bill 241 which was just heard Tuesday. The House hearing may be as early as the end of next week. The Judiciary Committee and the Health and Government Operations Committee will have a joint hearing, without time limits. The date has not yet been set.
Delegate Dwyer has introduced HB 474, Maryland Marriage Protection Act, a bill which would amend Maryland’s constitution to ”a marriage between one man and one woman shall be the only domestic legal union valid or recognized in the State.” If passed, the bill would be put on the November ballot for the citizens to accept or reject. The hearing for this bill will be at the same time as the hearing for HB 438.
Please continue to call and email your representatives. (Go to http://mdelect.net/ for your state representatives and their contact info.)
Ask your state senator to vote NO on SB 241.
Ask your three delegates to vote NO to HB 438, which redefines marriage, and YES to HB 474, which protects marriage.
Lastly, help support marriage in NJ, where the battle also rages, by clicking here, and voting for marriage as one man and one woman. Thanks! The Asbury Park Press is a liberal newspaper in a town that is New Jersey’s homosexual mecca Asbury Park.
Please help us win in this poll. Send to your lists. Doesn’t matter where you live just vote for marriage and vote often!!
January 27, 2012
As many of you may have heard, Governor O’Malley introduced the Same Sex Marriage bill during Monday night’s session. It will begin as Senate Bill 241: Civil Marriage Protection Act. The Senate hearing will take place at 1:00pm in Annapolis on January 31st. Please remember to be praying that this bill does not pass! Also attend the rally on Monday night, Jan 30. A bus will leave the Oak Grove Baptist Church parking lot at 4:30 pm on Monday for those who wish to attend. Please come out to the rally. Additionally, for any of you who can, it is good for supporters of marriage to be at the Senate building during the hearing to pray. Please contact Julia Vidmar at Julia@mdfamilies.org if you need more information.
If the bill passes out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, it will go to the Senate floor for a vote. If it passes out of the Senate floor, it will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee and the HGO committee (added because they did not have enough votes in the house to pass the bill). We will post information as we get it.
It is a good idea to contact your representatives this week to urge them not to vote on the bill – especially those in the Judiciary Committee. Go to mdelect.net to find your representatives. List of specific delegates whom should be contacted and prayed for will be posted on this website.
The Maryland Marriage Alliance is leading the fight state wide against the Civil marriage Protection Act. They have a facebook page! Like them if you are on Facebook and urge your friends to do the same!
There has been and will continue to be a flurry of information regarding the Governor’s proposal to legalize gay marriage in Maryland. While there is clearly the objection based on religious conviction, there is a sinister side to the real reason the homosexual community will not accept anything short of redefining the word “marriage” to include same sex relationships.
We are losing the battle among the members of the legislature by making religious arguments. This is nothing new; we have been losing ground for years for this reason. Please understand, the supporters of same sex marriage are well organized and well-funded. As result, they are very successful in using the media to spread their message of marriage equality.
We on the other hand, have a tremendous resource at our disposal that is under-utilized for a variety of reasons. That is the Church
Today’s battle in Maryland is not about homosexuality, equality or civil rights, or even simply about love. It is about your children and what will be taught in public schools once the Maryland General Assembly redefines the word marriage to include same sex relationships. Please understand that from a legal perspective, there is no Judge in Maryland who will prohibit the teaching of homosexuality in the public schools once the legislature redefines the word marriage.