Maryland Marriage Alliance sponsors referendum to give Maryland voters the right to vote on same-sex marriage

Backed by Maryland Catholic Conference, Maryland Family Alliance, National Organization for Marriage and an unprecedented coalition of religious and community leaders

MMA will lead effort to preserve marriage in Maryland

Annapolis – The Maryland Marriage Alliance (MMA), the leading coalition fighting to preserve marriage in Maryland, announced that it had filed a petition with the Maryland Board of Elections on Friday, February 24, 2012 to be the official proponents of the referendum campaign against legislation recently adopted by the Maryland General Assembly which would throw aside the natural definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The Maryland Marriage Alliance has partnered with the Maryland Catholic Conference, the Maryland Family Alliance, and an unprecedented coalition of religious and community leaders that crosses geographic, denominational, partisan, and racial lines. The Alliance is also the Maryland partner of the National Organization for Marriage, the nation’s leading organization dedicated solely to preserving the definition of marriage.

“The overwhelming response we heard from the people of Maryland during the debate in the General Assembly made it clear that the people of this state do not support same sex marriage,” said Derek McCoy, Executive Director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance. “We know that thousands upon thousands of Marylanders contacted their legislators, attended our rallies, and stood up for marriage. This energy will now be focused on a referendum to give the people the right to vote on marriage, and ultimately, to overturn this act of the General Assembly.”

“It is clear that while the opponents of marriage have been seeking influence from an elite group of politicians and supporters, the average citizens of Maryland continue to believe in the time-tested, unalterable definition of marriage. In partnering with Maryland Marriage Alliance, the Maryland Catholic Conference believes in the broad, bi-partisan and interfaith support given to the Alliance and that the Alliance is best positioned to win for marriage in November,” said Mary Ellen Russell, Executive Director of the Conference.

MMA has already repurposed its website, www.MarylandMarriageAlliance.com, from a legislative action site to the official site to obtain petitions for the referendum. MMA expects to have its petition pre-cleared for circulation early next week by the Board of Elections and to start collecting signatures immediately. At present, thousands of Maryland voters have requested petitions at the site.