VICTORY: Faith-based coalition (including Catholics and black churches) defeat same-sex marriage bill in Maryland!By
All the interesting news happens on Fridays, it seems:
The House approved on voice vote a motion to send the bill back to the Judiciary Committee, an acknowledgment by supporters that it did not have sufficient votes to pass on the floor.
The bill cleared the Senate two weeks ago on a 25-to-21 vote, and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) had pledged to sign it.
Advocates for the bill had hoped Maryland would join five other states and the District in allowing same-sex marriages. The bill had significant momentum coming out of the Senate but ran into resistance in the Democatic-led House from African-American lawmakers from Prince George’s County, who cited religious opposition in their districts, and conservative Democrats in Southern Maryland and the Baltimore suburbs. (WaPo)
Make no mistake – the extraordinary activity of the black churches and Catholics in Maryland are responsible for perserving the definition of marriage in Maryland. In fact, Archbishop O’Brien of Baltimore called for Catholics to pray and fast on Ash Wednesday in support of marriage.
This is a victory for the common sense definition of marriage (which is grounded in both reason and our Catholic theology), and a victory for religious liberty and the natural family.
Thank you for all of your efforts which contributed to this vital win. Only weeks ago the other side was saying same-sex marriage was a “done deal” in Maryland. Once again, we’ve proven them wrong: people do care about the sanctity of marriage and family.