Maryland Clergy Support Marriage Equality
We are clergy and religious leaders across
We are Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopal, Interfaith, Jewish Conservative, Jewish Reconstructionist, Jewish Reform, Lutheran,
On Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler released a legal opinion declaring that the state of
Because this opinion compels state agencies to provide equal protections to couples with valid licenses, this will ensure that thousands of
We declare that our faith calls us to support marriage equality for all couples.
Our diverse religious traditions and texts teach us that God is love. Wherever love is present, God is also present. One of God's greatest gifts to us is our human capacity to love one another. The ability of two people to enter into relationships and form families of love and care is one expression of this gift. It is holy and good. We therefore affirm the right of loving same-gender couples to enter into such relationships on an equal basis with loving heterosexual couples.
We recognize that there are principled differences on this issue within the religious community. We affirm that the state should not require any religious group to officiate at, or bless, same-gender marriages. However, the state also should not favor the convictions of one religious group over another by denying individuals their fundamental civil right and basic human right to marry whom they love.
Recognizing that there is heartfelt disagreement on this issue, we call on the people of