Catholic Leaders Urge Continued Discrimination

The Catholic Church hierarchy is becoming more vocal in advocating for continued discrimination that ban gay and lesbian couples from marriage laws in Maryland. Despite the fact that the recent “Civil Marriage Protection Act” in Maryland advanced with the help of Catholic Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), the Catholic Church has renewed efforts against the civil rights bill. In a letter to the church faithful, the top three Catholic leaders in the state urge their flock to contact legislators and voice their opinion that other citizens be denied access to the laws of Maryland.

The Hierarchy’s reasoning for the continued discrimination against gay and lesbian Maryland residents is because of their unfounded and unproven belief that allowing a gay couple  to marry would damage society and it’s foundations.

The Church believes that the public laws regarding marriage must continue to exclude gays and lesbians despite the fact that the Maryland Constitution contains clear language stating that all Maryland residents should be treated equally under the law.  The call to action also comes at a time when a clear majority of Catholics believe the legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians should end, and that they should have access to all the laws of the state of Maryland, including equal access to marriage.

 

 

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Opponents of Marriage Planning Referendum to Vote Away Rights

Opponents of marriage in Maryland are gearing up for a referendum following the Senates vote on a bill that would extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians in that state. The opponents of  marriage want to continue to deny protection of marriage laws to gay and lesbian couples.
If the law is brought to referendum, it would ban gays and lesbian couples from marriage until the issue gets put on the ballot in 2012. If the referendum passes, it would prevent the law from going into effect and would ban gay and lesbian couples from civil marriage rights under state law.

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Clerks in California Readying for Same-Sex Marriage

Following last week’s decision by the Department of Justice to cease defending the “Defense of Marriage Act, City Clerks across California are preparing to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples as soon as a judge orders. The Plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 suit also filed court papers last week asking a federal appeals court to lift the stay that is currently preventing the State from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian Californians after a federal court found that Proposition 8 violated the federal constitution.

The decision by the Department of Justice to uphold the equal protection clause of the federal constitution against a discriminatory law that targets a minority has caused considerable debate.

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Capehart: What’s with African American opposition to gay marriage in Maryland?

Jonathan Capehart at the Washingto Posts ponders why African Americans are so willing to discriminate against gays and lesbians and bar them from civil marriage laws.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, African American churches and lawmakers are figuring prominently in the opposition. And they are doing so with outdated and backward arguments that put them in the role of latter-dayGeorge Wallaces blocking the doors of marriage to committed gay and lesbian couples.

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SEISMIC SHIFT in American Marriage Views

The 2010 edition of the General Social Survey shows some huge shifts among Americans regarding their views on same sex marriage.

For the first time, a legitimate scientific survey is showing very clearly that the proportion of Americans who agree or strongly agree that same sex marriage should be legal exceeds the proportion who either oppose or strongly oppose marital rights.  46% of Americans favor civil rights, while 40% oppose civil rights, and the remainder just can’t seem to decide. Of course, this is an incredible shift from the first time the question was asked in 1988–when 73% of Americans opposed marital rights, but it is also a seismic change from 2004, when only 30% of Americans supported marriage rights for same sex couples, and 56% opposed civil rights.

 

 

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Iowa Poll: Voters Don’t Want a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

A new poll of Iowan’s found that a majority of them don’t want to ban gays and lesbians from marriage by banning same sex marriage in their constitution.

If a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage were placed on the ballot, it would lose by three percentage points, according to a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released Sunday.

The poll, which found that a large chunk of Iowa voters simply don’t care or are undecided on the gay marriage issue, found 38 percent who said they would vote against amending the constitution to change marriage law. Thirty-five percent said they would vote in favor, and 27 percent said they wouldn’t even vote. The poll of 800 Iowa adults was conducted Feb. 13-16 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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Elon University Poll: NC Residents Support Recognition of Gay Couples

A new poll of North Carolina residents have found that only 35% of them wanted to ban all recognition of same sex couples and that over 57% support either Civil Unions or Marriage. This shows most residents at odds with some Republican  legislators who are trying to pass a constitutional amendment to ban any recognition of gay couples by excluding them from the protections of the state Constitution.

An Elon University survey released today found that only 35 percent of respondents opposed all legal recognition, down from 44 percent when the question was asked two years ago.

The poll says 29 percent support civil unions or partnerships for same-sex couples but not full marriage rights. About 28 percent of people support marriage rights.

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New Iowa Poll: Less than 30% of Iowans Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

The Des Moines Register this morning published a new poll of Iowan’s views regarding the ability of gays and lesbians to marry within the state and found that only about 1/3 of Iowan’s are opposed to same-sex marriage

According to the Iowa poll, 32% of Iowans favor same-sex marriage, 37 % oppose it, and 30% percent of Iowans just don’t care.

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$363,053 Tax Bill From DOMA

The Department of Justice decision to cease defending the “defense of marriage act” in court was prompted by a case in which a married lesbian couple was forced to pay a $363,053 tax bill upon death of one of the spouses.

Her death triggered a $363,053 federal tax bill from which her widow would have been exempt had she been married to a man, because the federal Defense of Marriage Act bars the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex unions.

Windsor’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the act was one of two cited by the Obama administration to justify its decision to stop defending the law. The decision may be a turning point in the fight over putting same-sex marriages on the same footing as heterosexual unions

Is it fair to charge an American citizen $363,053 MORE  in taxes because her spouse was an woman?

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Marriage Supporter Seeks to Harass Senators

Republican Delegate Don Dwyer, a proud supporter of the National Organization for Marriage, is planning to send letters to local churches in Maryland. The letters will contain the names and addresses of any representatives that voted for the recent “Civil Marriage Protection Act” which will extend equal marriage protections to gay and lesbians couples if passed and signed into law.  Additionally, the letter will single out any representative that is gay or lesbian, calling into question Dwyer’s claim that he doesn’t hold any “animosity toward homosexuals”. Regarding his plan, Dwyer said  ”I can’t wait”.

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