Maryland is fertile battle ground for the marriage equality war. With Question 6 on the ballot, November will be the month that residents of the state will finally decide if gay Marylanders can have the freedom to legally marry. This whole issue of same-sex marriage has spawned rigorous efforts on both sides of the gay marriage fence to make their point clear. One side wants to stop gay marriage and the other wants freedom for all.
Oct. 8 brings some disturbing news for the LGBTQ, in Maryland, by way of The Washington Post. Opposition to same-sex marriage is running a new ad that calls for Marylanders to vote no to Question 6. Ever since the gay community won its right to be married through the Civil Marriage Protection Act, opposing forces to this law was cocked and ready to bring this referendum to the people.
This new ad has a simple yet powerful message which is hypocritical just on pure principle. The ad talks about how the marriage between a man and women bring prosperity and strength for the next generation that takes over this country. The ominous woman’s voice says that “marriage is the union between a man and a woman” and “marriage has served society well for thousands of years.” The voice goes on in saying that “marriage provides the best chance for children to be raised by a mother and father.” At the end of the ad you hear “everyone is entitled to love and respect.”
The first statements in this gay-marriage opposition ad; you the people will have to judge for yourself to make sure what is being conveyed is true or false but the last statement is hypocrisy at its best. If enemies to equality really believe that last statement mentioned then there would be no reason to battle for civil rights.
Let’s be real about this. The last statement sounds great on paper but what we believe and what is real are two different things. That small statement probably reminds a lot of us of the “Pledge of Allegiance” which at the end we say “liberty and justice for all.” If all these words were true there would be no need to clash in a war for civil rights. These rights to be happy and prosperous the way God made us would be given to every American because those are the true principles this country is built on.
At the very end of the ad the last words you hear are “nobody is entitled to redefine marriage.” Who said the LGBTQ was trying to redefine anything. Proponents of marriage equality want the gay community to have the same rights as any legally married coupled. It is the Conservative and Christian Right that wish to have a finite definition of marriage as between a man and women with limited success through Prop 8 and DOMA.
November is the month that all of this battling back and forth about same-sex marriage will come to head for several states and the people will decide if equality for some will finally mean equality for all.