Maryland, alongside Washington, will fight this November to retain its fledgling marriage equality law. While we wouldn’t expect anything less from the so-called Maryland Marriage Alliance, their latest ad against marriage equality is a buffet of misdirection and distortion.
Watch the video, entitled “Marriage is More,” below:
Five Lies You Just Heard in Maryland’s Anti-Gay Marriage Video
1) “Marriage, the union of a man and a woman…” – Unless you live in one of America’s six states or the District of Columbia, or one of the several nations, that has legalized marriage equality. It’s about denying reality, folks.
2) “Marriage is more than what adults want for themselves, it’s also about the next generation.” – This pretends that marriage is what makes babies happen. Out-of-wedlock teen mothers bedevil this. Also, we know the “marriage is for procreation” line doesn’t hold water because we do not deny the elderly or the infertile a right to marry.
3) “Marriage provides children with the best chance of being raised by a mother and a father.” – Well, yes it would do if you only let straight people marry and then tie adoption rights to heterosexuals-only marriage, as has happened in some states.
4) “Children do best when raised by their married mom and dad.” — The implication of this non sequitur is that children need a mother and father in order to flourish. No peer reviewed, consensus-backed study has shown that the gender of a child’s parents matters, and there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that same-sex parents provide kids with just as nurturing an upbringing as their straight counterparts.
5) “Nobody is entitled to redefine marriage.” — Really, because we’ve been doing it for quite a while now. From contracting for land, to trading women for cattle, to allowing multiple partner marriages, and, yes, allowing same-sex marriage; marriage has been redefined countless times throughout the ages. Furthermore, we as a society do have the right to change what we consider a civil marriage, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to define away gay marriage rights, and therein also have a right to end the inequality same-sex couples face in tax laws, state level recognition and federal benefits, all of which are tied to marriage.
And lastly, no one should have the right to disenfranchise a group of people based on a religious opinion of social and sexual conduct that has no basis in fact — but that is literally all the anti-gay rights crowd has at their disposal to argue why same-sex marriage shouldn’t be allowed.
As noted above, Marylanders will go to the ballot on November 6 to consider Question 6. The text appears below and you will note the legislation could not be more clear when it comes to religious exemptions:
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.
Voters will choose to either vote For or Against the new law.
Recent polls suggest voters may narrowly favor allowing same-sex marriage, with some polls registering as much as an eight point lead.
Given that same-sex marriage has never won at the ballot, however, equal rights groups are now working overtime to help potentially make Maryland the first state to legalize same-sex marriage by majority vote.