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November 1, 2012 Print

Marriage Support Surges in Maryland

by Bethany Monk

A Maryland ballot initiative that would legalize same-sex marriage is not as popular as it was last month. In fact, a recent newspaper poll shows opposition to it has increased 10 points since last month, and support for the biblical definition of marriage now leads by 1 percent.

Voters will have the opportunity next week to repeal the same-sex marriage law, passed by legislators earlier this year. Unless residents vote “No” on Question 6, it will take effect in January.

Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., said recent television ads by the Maryland Marriage Alliance (MMA), as well as the backlash against Dr. Angela McCaskill, a Gallaudet University official suspended for supporting marriage, have contributed to the increase in marriage support.

“A lot of people, including the African American community, are saying, ‘Wait a minute, (the same-sex marriage law) is going to have a lot of unintended consequences,” he explained.

McCaskill was suspended from her position as the university’s chief diversity officer on Oct. 12 for signing the MMA petition in July to help qualify the repeal effort for the ballot.

“The moral issues, and the backlash, and the persecution all make folks more engaged,” Jackson said.

McCaskill has not yet been reinstated.

Watch Maryland Marriage Alliance’s “Marriage is More” TV ad.

Read the ballot questions Marylanders will be voting on in November.

Read the bill creating same-sex marriage in Maryland.

Read the Citizen magazine story on how previous attempts to create same-sex marriage failed in Maryland.