Cumberland Times-News

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October 29, 2012

Don’t compare it to the Civil Rights Movement

Isn’t same-sex marriage a civil right?

No. Gay activists have worked hard to compare the same-sex marriage movement to the civil rights movement.

The reality is that during the Civil Rights Movement African Americans were literally being dragged from their homes and murdered.

They were denied access to education, health care, jobs and even the freedom to come and go as they pleased. The comparison is actually offensive.

Gay activists are claiming anti-discrimination because they believe that every adult citizen should not be denied the right to call something what he or she wants to call it. This is a straw man argument.

Aren’t opponents to same-sex marriage on the wrong side of history?

Proponents of gay marriage want you to believe that public opinion is moving in their favor. That simply is not true.

As people across the nation are given the opportunity to vote on this issue, they vote to protect the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The only time marriage is redefined is when legislators or activist judges redefine it.

Aren’t you just trying to legislate morality?

All laws are based on society’s moral codes. However, the fundamental issue is a distinction of difference not a distinction of value.

Marriage by definition means a relationship with one man and one woman. Just because people are in a committed sexual relationship does not give them the right to redefine the institution of marriage.

Marriage cannot be arbitrarily redefined to suit the whims of any group of consenting adults who want to change the definition.

If the definition of marriage is fundamentally changed who is to say that polygamy or any combination of consenting adults in committed loving relationships can’t call their union a marriage. Isn’t this just a Republican issue?

This is a great myth propagated by the other side to divide and alienate. We are Democrats, Independents and Republicans, representing many faiths and spanning generations and ethnic groups from every corner of the state.

Can I stop same-sex marriage from being implemented in Maryland?

Yes. Vote against Question 6 and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.

Pastor Bruce McBride

Calvary Baptist Church

Cresaptown

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