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Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Question Language Obscures Main Point

 

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August 20, 2012

 

Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Question Language Obscures Main Point

Ballot question language focus on so-called exceptions will backfire as wary voters demand to know about the consequences of redefining marriage

 

Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Marriage Alliance today said that the official language of the question released by the Secretary of State is intended to obscure the impact of the legislation redefining marriage by focusing on so-called exceptions rather than the rule. The campaign against the legislation said that though the Secretary of State likely attempted to bias voters in favor of the legislation, by focusing on the exceptions voters will be even more wary about the impact of the bill.

 

"This is a transparent attempt by the Secretary of State to bias voters to be in favor of the legislation, but it's an attempt that will backfire," said Derek McCoy, Executive Director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, which collected nearly 200,000 voter signatures to put the issue before voters.  "Voters will be inherently suspicious of any description that goes to such lengths to say what supposedly isn't impacted, rather than deal forthrightly with what obviously is impacted.  Maryland parents who send their children to public schools are immediately asking how does this affect what is taught in schools. Business owners have a right to know if their personal opinions about same-sex marriage will find them in violation of the law. It's a classic 'pay no attention to that man behind the curtain' moment that will make it easier for us to bring attention to the profound consequences of redefining marriage."

 

The primary purpose of Question 6 as passed by legislators is to redefine marriage in Maryland. The bill would change Maryland's definition of marriage from being between one man and one woman to being between any two eligible adults. By making marriage a genderless institution and stripping it of its role in connecting children to their parents, the law would create a genderless institution of marriage that applies to everyone.

 

"The ballot language will make it clear to voters that there obviously are many consequences to redefining marriage, because so much of the description is about alleged exceptions," said McCoy. "The language naturally begs the question, 'well, if these groups are exempted who is impacted?' which is precisely the question we intend to focus on throughout our campaign. Redefining marriage has profound consequences for individuals, small businesses and religious groups, and for all of society."

 

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The Maryland Marriage Alliance is a grassroots, non-partisan, interfaith coalition dedicated to preserving the traditional definition of marriage in Maryland law.

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