Financial Woes for Maryland Gay Marriage Foes?


Maryland marriage equality opponents have now turned in nearly three times the number of signatures they need to put the state’s gay marriage law on the ballot come November, but this effort seems to have cost them substantially.

The Maryland Marriage Alliance had already turned in over a hundred thousand signatures in May, but apparently they aren’t taking any chances.

Reports NBC Washington:

The group has turned in another 39,743 signatures. That’s on top of the 113,000 they have already submitted to the state, although only 109,000 have been certified so far.

The group needed 55,736 signatures to put the controversial measure to a public vote in November. They say the additional signatures are just an exclamation point on their effort.

Due to the low threshold for qualifying a measure for the ballot it was always expected that the law would put before voters in a referendum.

This follows a concerted campaign by a broad coalition of marriage equality advocates from both religious and secular backgrounds, as well as the vocal support of Governor Martin O’Malley, that saw Maryland legalize marriage equality in March.

Polls suggest that 57% of voters are currently in favor of keeping the law.

Interesting, though, is the fact that in the process of their anti-marriage equality campaigning, it appears the Maryland Marriage Alliance has managed to dig itself into a financial hole.

Reports the Baltimore Sun:

The Maryland Marriage Alliance raised a mere $5,000 in the past month — and owes $88,000 to various vendors. The biggest unpaid bill, $74,000, is to, the outfit run by Del. Neil Parrott, a Washington County Republican. The group also owes about $5,000 in legal fees.

Dereck McCoy, the executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, said he expects to clear up the bills shortly. And he cautioned drawing any conclusions about the strength of their fundraising from the numbers on the report. After all, state financial disclosure laws allow advocacy groups to show only the sliver of their fundraising and expendatures specifically for gathering signatures.

Yes, let us never forget that groups like Maryland Marriage Alliance can call upon friends like NOM, and even religious institutions too, to line their coffers in times of battle.

Still, we do know that gay marriage foes’ resources will be stretched thin this year.

Marriage equality laws will face the ballot in Washington, Maine, and of course Maryland. Washington, if current polling is correct, may retain its law, while Maine looks set to overturn its ban on marriage equality to enshrine language that allows marriage for same-sex couples. Still, precedent is not on marriage equality’s side so such polling should not be taken as gospel.

However, it is Minnesota that seems to have drawn the most attention, and likely the most campaign funds, as it prepares to vote on whether to enshrine a statutory ban on gay marriage in the state’s constitution.


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Kynthia R.
Kynthia Rosgeal5 years ago

Gee, when you bankrupt yourself to persue your goals ? That's not devotion, that's obsession. And it is sick.

Amanda M.
Amanda M5 years ago

*rubbing fingers together* Hey marriage-equality foes: You see this? It's the world's smallest violin, and it's playing just for you!

I live in a rural, largely "red" county, and at the Memorial Day parade line-up I got approached by one of these people asking me to sign their petition to put marriage equality up for a vote. I told them flat-out that I refused to sign it because TWO CONSENTING ADULTS who love each other enough to want to marry should be able to LEGALLY do so and nobody has the right to tell them they can't because it ruffles your religious feathers! Needless to say, they stomped off in a huff!

Victoria S.
Victoria S5 years ago

Anyone who votes to take another persons rights away, should consider having their own rights being taken away from them in the future.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown5 years ago

So the bigots are running out of money, oh too bad. Also since when did the majority vote on minority rights? What is next? Can the white majority vote on whether blacks can vote or get married. It's the same damn thing/

Stanley J.
Stanley J.5 years ago

McCoy is black. he backs the very type of people who for the most part supported slavery as per the bible, and segregation and gave us the KKK

the southern baptists evangelicals. And the catholic church in the south, which in those days kind of went alont with the local culture.

You can draw your own conlclusions from this info, but it shows the power of what, despie their denials, obfuscations etc, is fundamentally based on religious beliefs from 4000 years ago eg Leviticus.

Sorry, Mr. McCoy - the dark ages ended some years ago.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

This is why the rights of the minority should not be in the hands of the majority.

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

Some may hesitate to open their pocketbooks now that the unconstitutionality is more apparent...