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Poll: Should Maryland Legalize Same-Sex Marriage?

O’Malley introduced legislation Monday to make same sex marriage legal.

Gov. Martin O’Malley has introduced legislation this week that would make same-sex marriage legal in Maryland.

Same-sex marriage was debated in Annapolis last year, but it ended up stalling in the House of Delegates.

This year, O’Malley said “momentum is growing” for same-sex marriage in Maryland, which has endorsements this month that include labor organizations AFL-CIO and SEIU 1199.

Washington, D.C., as well as six other states, have laws allowing same sex marriage, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“Other states have found a way to do this.  We can find a way to do this too,” O’Malley said during a press conference Tuesday morning, which was posted on YouTube.

The Maryland Catholic Conference of Roman Catholics, as well as the Maryland Marriage Alliance, a group of churches and faith-based organizations, are among those who have mobilized to oppose the legislation.

The Maryland Marriage Alliance is sponsoring a rally in Annapolis at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 entitled “Rally for Marriage!” regarding the proposal. Marylanders for Marriage Equality, a group that supports same-sex marriage, is organizing phone banking sessions on the issue in the region.

Marylanders as a whole continue to be split on their feelings on same-sex marriage.

According to a poll published in January by Gonzales Research & Marketing, based in Arnold, 49 percent surveyed support a law allowing same-sex marriage, while 47 percent oppose it.

Weigh in below or in our Patch poll. Do you support same-sex marriage in Maryland?

steve James January 29, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I cant help it if you are so homophobic it makes you sick. Maybe you need a church that follows Jesus 2nd commandment - to love thy neighbor as thyself
steve James January 29, 2012 at 08:05 PM
maybe we'll have to require single bathrooms for all. And or do like is done in parts of Europe etc - they only have one type of restroom. All the "facilities" are in floor to ceiling stalls with heavy wooden separators. Beyond that get over your stagefright. BTW potential solutions are much simpler and less expensive then the similar obejctions we got when sidewalks at corners etc were ripped up to provide for wheel chair people.
steve James January 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM
the problem with civil unions are they connote second class citizenship. In some situations, they are ignored and refused validity. Do you support more lawsuits in the mess we call our courts and legal system. BTW I know this wont change many minds, but of the 8 or so W. European countries with CUs (almost all other have marriage), England, Denmark, Prob Scotland, Finland are on the path to change to Marriage. Ireland, that bastion of catholocism - 2/3 of the people there support changing CUs to marriage. Same issue going on in Australia. The catholic church has dug its own hole in Ireland. I noted that Pope Benediict recently said he was going to cut the d# of diocese from 21 to 10. Polls and church attendance show that In ireland, where 10 years ago 90+% of the people went to Mass regularly, now only 25% do. If the church wants to "commit virtual suicide" I cant stop it, But I think that catholic teaching says that suicide is a grave sin. The problem with many religions is they are based on faith. Let one item change, and they fear the whole edifice will crumble. So they often want to live in the dark ages forever.
Judith M. Smith January 29, 2012 at 09:08 PM
a final note...why in your posts do you find it necessary to use words like the above post: "fool"..."obtuse."...personal labels do not make your side of this discussion any more true than the posters who have not labeled you... And I am waiting for YOUR response about the facilities in most men's rooms--perhaps you have had time by now to inquire...
Mark Patro January 29, 2012 at 09:40 PM
The meaning of words change over time. English speaking people used the word "gay" before 1900's to mean "happy". Our culture has used this word in a different way resulting a new meaning. This is not the only example. We have a right to initiate new concepts and change institutions. A Catholic told me just yesterday that we, as faithful people, have a moral duty to worship God independently if our institutions fail us. And, we also have a responsibility to work to change or tear down institutions that are harming our spiritual lives. So to your claim that we are redefining marriage, I say "So what!" It’s the "one man & one woman" institution alone that fails to serve a big enough moral purpose to people that want to share their lives together. Homophobes & anti-gay people are becoming the minority. They can maintain smaller institutions for themselves, but the rest of us will move on. Christianity in itself has moved on. A majority of Christians now support marriage equality. It’s time to support "relationships." The irony in your one man/one woman argument is that people like you often say that gay people are promiscuous and then they want to disallow them the chance to create a dedicated relationship. People putting forth this argument cannot have it both ways. Everyday citizens recognize this fallacy in your argument. I'm sorry for you, that Christianity has moved along and left you behind. Maybe you should think about catching up.
Judith M. Smith January 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Mark...you are right on point about how the meaning of words change...and in this particular case the definition of marriage should include, not exclude, unions between people regardless of sex...it includes the legal ramifications but does not exclude the religious implications. To have a belief system that is so narrow is, in my mind, not Christian at all...I am not familiar with other religions so do not know about their tenets...and somewhere in my own personal beliefs, I often wonder about how mankind is so arrogant as to think they can understand God and the things that follow from...Mankind's arrogance...
Judith M. Smith January 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM
As an afterthought: please, please don't tell me the Bible is "God's word"...if you choose to believe that--it is your choice. There are so many other religions in this world...WORLD..who do not believe it...and it is an example of that "arrogance" to think that any other way is "wrong." And, by the way, I was brought up in a very devout Catholic family with an uncle as a Jesuit priest...so don't jump on me...
withavengeance January 30, 2012 at 05:16 AM
@ Judy...don't know why I bother to reply, but I've had occasion to be in men's restrooms when I was young, because the women's had too long a line & my legs were crossed :) I well know what they're like. I've also had many unfortunate occasions to have to use a spot-a-pot. I can just imagine two men or two women or 1 man or 1 woman in one. And yes, you are a fool and obtuse. May as well argue with a rock.
withavengeance January 30, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I must repeat: The best way to 'argue' with a fool is thru silence.
Judith M. Smith January 30, 2012 at 08:01 PM
HUH??? why would two people of any persuasion have to use a spot-a-pot at the same time, unless they are doin' the "wild" thang... I am truly flattered by your portrayal...it genuinely reveals you more than I...
Judith M. Smith January 30, 2012 at 08:03 PM
look in the mirror--you are arguing with yourself...I really thought this more a "discussion" rather than an argument...more differences of opinion need light shed on the points of view instead of heat...
Sue Keller January 30, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The funny thing about the transgender person in the restroom argument is that the transgender person wants to be just like you - whatever gender the sign on the door is. So just being transgendered doesn't mean that person is going to hit on you nor expose their genitalia to you nor act inappropriately with you. With your transgender bias, shouldn't you also want to ban homosexual women from the women's bathroom? It's nonsensical. In all my years, I have never been hit on in a bathroom or locker room by anyone who is homosexual or transgendered. And yes, there was a transgendered man to woman at my college in the early 1980s. Withavengeance, I suggest you go to the bathroom before you leave home from now on.
Buck Harmon January 30, 2012 at 11:01 PM
What about just 1 piercing ? left or right ear...?
Buck Harmon January 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Nature.... taking it's course again....the nerve of nature...causing such confusion. The points of contention with regard to same sex marriage, all stem around money when the line hits the bottom. Money sure does cause a lot of problems..
Judith M. Smith January 31, 2012 at 12:03 AM
thanks...that was a goodie....there are so many comments I'd like to make, but refrain because they are uncharitable...
Judith M. Smith January 31, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I don't understand your point...???!!
Kathy January 31, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I believe that God allows two piercings--one for each ear--before racking up the years in Purgatory!
JoeEldersburg February 01, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Here's the point...it's about civil rights, plain and simple. Pretend for a minute we're talking about any other minority group throughout the history of our country, who is and was discriminated against. These are people of flesh and blood, just like us. If Withavengeance could only imagine in her intolerant little mind what it is like to be discriminated against for what makes her different, she might begin to empathize with the reasons for same sex marriage. Until then, we'll all be forced to hear her pathetic excuses for putting her religious views above everyone else's. Thankfully it's a minority view that the state should determine who may be married and who may not and public opinion has turned. Nobody is forcing churches to perform gay marriages. It's a fundamental form of discrimination not to allow all human beings the same right to marry.
Kathy February 01, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Very well said, except that I am not sure that discrimination is the MINORITY view, at least here in Carroll County. It is changing however, and most young people don't have the same mindset as their intolerant elders --my kids in high school and their friends are so much more evolved than we were at that age!
Buck Harmon February 01, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Key word... evolved.. thank you Kathy...only problem with that is they tend to have a need for more holes in their body... It's a shame that our system attempts to mold human beings~ we evolve regardless... We should focus more on ways of treating each other better as we evolve together.. Enjoy watching my grandson evolve too.
withavengeance February 01, 2012 at 05:24 PM
In no way did I ever mention religion, Judy. I said nothing at all about the Bible or any other religious doctrine. Two homosexual women in the ladies' room...no problem...they have the correct equipment to be there, same as men. A transgender in the ladies' (or mens') restroom? I have a problem with that. People with outdoor plumbing, when using a public restroom, belong in the mens' room and people with indoor plumbing when using a public restroom, belong in the ladies room. What one does with one's own private restroom in their own home is their business and no one else's. And your are sooo wrong...I have been discriminated against and still would be if I decided to tell the whole world why. Many celebrities and professionals have 'come out' about this issue, but the stigma is still there, especially with employers. So I choose not to talk about it except with a very small circle of friends & professionals. I don't need the drama. And I refuse to be put on the defensive. I'm not discriminating against gays OR transgenders....it's the plumbing issue in the wrong restroom that unsettles me. If that makes me intolerant, then so be it. Ok, I'm done being 'put on the defensive' here, so have a nice day.
Buck Harmon February 01, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Not sure how restrooms and gay marriage tie together, but maybe a third relief facility can be developed.... men's, women's and tweener's for those in transition. This would assure everyone equal privacy where relief is sought. I believe that the law should leave perceived moral issues related to marriage to the individual, not a perceived god, not an insurance policy, not lawyers or judges, and certainly NOT elected official public servants. Why does everything seem to boil down to who will be able prevail in law suits seeking equal treatment .Discrimination has plagued human beings since the days of caves. Legislation will never fix it.....interesting debate though.
Judith M. Smith February 01, 2012 at 09:47 PM
do you expect to "see" their equipment??? This whole discussion is way over for me...
withavengeance February 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Sweet Jesus, Judy! If someone is a man dressed and made up like a woman, I don't need to see his/her equipment to know he/she is a man! Get over yourself, lady.
Bonnie Grady February 08, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I like Joe's point. Let's imagine this was any other group of folks. Instead of members of the LGBT community, let's say this conversation is about....smokers. Smokers are in the minority now. We all know people who smoke, but they're definitely not viewed with acceptance the way they used to be. I don't like to be around people who smoke because I find the odor offensive. So what if we said "smokers can't dine in restaurants where nonsmokers dine" because the stench of smoke on their clothing makes others uncomfortable? What if we said "smokers can't be around children because they might cause children to want to smoke." What if we said "Smokers can drink from public water fountains" because their smoke-covered lips might touch the place where the water comes out? What if we said "Smokers can't use public restrooms" because they might light one up in there? What if we said, "Smokers can't buy life insurance or health insurance" because they tend to have more health issues than the rest of the population? What if we said "smokers can't marry?" because.... because... because... oh yeah, they're just like everyone else, aren't they? Even you, Pammy Hammy.
withavengeance February 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Your point being, Bon-Bon? ROFL!
Bonnie Grady February 10, 2012 at 05:51 AM
That we all deserve equal rights. Now, that wasn't so hard, was it?
withavengeance February 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Smokers no longer have equal rights, even though it's perfectly legal to do so. Too hard for you, Bon-Bon?
Pamela Zappardino February 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Our constitution guarantees all citizens basic civil rights...it's that simple... pass marriage equality!
Judith M. Smith February 14, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Why in the world are we paying our BOC to go to Annapolis on a "mission" (couldn't help myself using that word...) to protest a legal issue that has nothing to do with the "mission" of being a Carroll County Commissioner....and to thing WE are paying for this illegal and costly over-reaching (to use one of the BOC's favorite phrases) involvements in an over-their-pay-grade endeavors....

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