Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

October 11, 2012

Vote against Question 6 to save marriage

The definition of marriage in Maryland is under attack because of the Legislature and Gov. O’Malley’s support for the Civil Marriage Protection Act, a bill that redefines marriage by allowing same-sex marriage in our state.

Thanks to the thousands of signatures of Marylanders, the issue will be brought to a vote on Nov. 6.

Voters must vote AGAINST Question 6 in order to preserve marriage as the union between one man and one woman in Maryland.

If Question 6 is approved, same-sex marriage will be legal in Maryland.

What is this really all about? How does it affect society and what is at stake in the outcome of this legislative fight?

Many people mistakenly believe that proposals to allow so-called “same-sex” marriage are about allowing a new, different and separate form of marriage to coexist alongside traditional man-woman marriage.

They envision it as a different expression of the same marriage institution they have always known.

However, that is a fundamental misunderstanding of the legal issues involved in the debate. What is at stake in this debate are two competing definitions of marriage.

One definition — advocated by same-sex marriage supporters — would define marriage as the union of any two people regardless of gender, with the law treating the parties’ genders as irrelevant to the meaning of marriage.

The longstanding definition, which is reflective of the collective understanding of virtually every nation throughout recorded history, is that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

The future of our families is at stake. The future of our society and culture is at stake.

I’ve been married for 30 years to a wonderful woman and have been loyal to her every day of our marriage. We have been blessed with five children, (one in heaven) and have taught them that God is the author of marriage and has ordained the order of the family.

Help us keep traditional marriage in Maryland as a man and woman.

Vote NO on Question 6. Save the definition of the family.

Pastor Bruce McBride

Calvary Baptist Church

Cresaptown

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