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MCC Statement (Same-sex marriage proponents launch new campaign)

Maryland is not New York. During the 2011 session, Maryland lawmakers chose not to redefine marriage because they listened to their Maryland constituents and stood by their deeply-held moral convictions. While the New York legislature may have taken a different course, they did so knowing the people of New York – unlike Maryland – have no recourse to taking a law redefining marriage to a statewide vote.

The successful coalition that upheld the time-honored definition of marriage in Maryland remains intact and will continue to be involved in upholding marriage in our state. As we approach the 2012 legislative session, we continue to urge all sides and groups to discuss and debate the redefinition of marriage with respect, recognizing that we are all children of God.

This is not a partisan issue; it is a foundational issue to our society. Mothers and fathers are not interchangeable. Government’s interest in marriage has been to promote the procreation of children, protect the best method of raising children and therefore protect society for future generations.

Redefining marriage is not a question of civil rights. There are many ways to protect basic human rights; sacrificing marriage is not one of them.

Maryland Catholic Conference advocates for the Church's public policy positions before the Maryland General Assembly and other civil officials. The Conference represents the three dioceses with territory in the state – the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.