Some 300 opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis Monday night, calling on lawmakers to abandon legislative efforts to allow gays and lesbians to enter into civil marriages. The protest came on the eve of a Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing at which Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is expected to make his case for marriage equality later this afternoon. O’Malley — who is taking an active role in the marriage debate this legislative session — has introduced a bill in the Maryland Senate that includes additional protections for religious institutions.
“Marriage it hold the families together, without marriages you have no families, you have no society then, it will just crumble,” one protester predicted, as demonstrators carried signs reading, “God said it’s wrong, we agree with God,” “God’s Way Is The Best Way,” and “I Believe in Adam and Eve!” They also seized on First Lady Katie O’Malley’s description of opponents of same-sex marriage as “cowards.” “Last I checked, victors were not cowards,” one speaker proclaimed, “Tell Kate we are not cowards!” Watch a local news report from WJZ:
Members of the clergy who favor same-sex marriage will hold a news conference in Annapolis today.