How the Legislature Voted in 2012 on Marriage
Maryland Upholds DREAM but Fails to Uphold Marriage
Yesterday, Marylanders voted on two ballot initiatives of critical interest to Catholics. And while, gratefully, Marylanders did vote to uphold the DREAM Act, it is of grave concern to us that the law redefining marriage narrowly passed. The Catholic Church in Maryland had advocated for the DREAM Act and against redefining marriage because we believe these positions reflect what’s best for children, young people, and the future of our state.
Regrettably, Marylanders decided by the narrowest of margins not to repeal the law that redefines marriage. The ballot language they encountered masked the fact that this law does not simply assign civil benefits to gay and lesbian couples, but drastically dismantles in our state law the fundamental family unit of mother, father and child. The people of Maryland were promised that this law would protect religious institutions and individuals who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and we will remain vigilant in ensuring that those promises are upheld.
What is Marriage
In marriage, a husband and a wife make a public and reciprocal commitment, assuming duties to society, to themselves, and to their children. Society and the law reciprocate by bestowing on traditional marriage a privileged status that recognizes the essential role that families play in society. The family, based on marriage, is a natural institution that is prior to the state. As such, the reservation of marriage to the union of one man and one woman is a fact of nature, not a social prejudice.
In recognition of the critical role marriage plays in the well being of future generations and a stable society, the Church advocates for public policies that protect traditional marriage and promote the security of the family.
U.S. Bishops' Documents on Marriage
Maryland Bishops & MCC Documents on Marriage
- Marriage and Society: Questions and Answers (2012)
- Matrimonio y Sociedad (2012)
- Cardinal O'Brien: A Radical Redefinition of Marriage (2012)
- Statement from Archdiocese of Washington: Maryland Senate Votes to Redefine Marriage (2012)
- Archbishop O'Brien: No Time to Abandon Conviction (2011)
- Press Release: Governor's Decision to Sponsor Same-sex Marriage Bill is Regrettable (2011)
- Archbishop O'Brien: Worthy of Our Defense (2011)
- Cardinal Wuerl: Speaking Up (2011)
- Bishops' Statement: Urge Continued Advocacy in Support of Marriage (2011)
- Archbishop O'Brien: Marriage Crossroads (2011)
- Archbishop O'Brien: Irresistible Promise of Happiness (2011)
- Press Release following introduction of bill (2011)
- Bishops' Statement on 2010 Attorney General Opinion
- Bishops' Statement: Marriage in Maryland (2008)
- "Worth Protecting": Baltimore Sun Op-Ed on Marriage (2008)
- Statement on 2007 Court of Appeals Decision
Marriage in Maryland
Parish resources explaining and promoting the redefinition of marriage which will be on the November 2012 ballot.
- Printable flyer for "Marriage: Vote 'AGAINST' Question 6"
- Printable flyer for "Marriage: Vote 'AGAINST' Question 6" (Spanish)
- Marriage Q&A
- Bulletin Announcements
- Bulletin Announcements (Spanish)
- Pulpit Announcement
- Solicitation Flyer
Call for additional information: 301-261-1979 or 410-269-1155.
New Ways Ministry - Statement by USCCB
Read statement by bishops clarifying that New Ways Ministry is not a recognized Catholic organization.