Friday, March 11, 2011

Maryland House shelves gay marriage

Maryland’s bid to become the sixth state to allow gay marriage died in the Maryland House today, Candace Chellew-Hodge (founder of “Whosoever” has a perceptive article here in Religion Dispatches.

There was an unsuccessful attempt to insert “civil unions” terminology to replace “marriage”.  Hodge also points out how the “religious exemption” for gay marriage is a “total red herring.”  She also writes “It’s frustrating to see the legislation die while there is a governor willing to sign it, of course, but the struggle in Maryland also shows that religious arguments—and big money threats to delegates’ job security—can still convince lawmakers to continue to treat some of their fellow citizens as second class.”

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