ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—A showdown is building in Annapolis over same-sex marriage. On Monday night hundreds rallied against legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Kai Jackson explains both sides are pulling out all the stops ahead of Tuesday’s hearings.

The same-sex marriage debate is front and center in Annapolis, and people on both sides of the issue are taking a stand.

It’s a rally for rights in Annapolis on Monday.  In this instance, the crowd argued about the right definition of marriage. They oppose same-sex marriage and want the state to define it as a union between a man and a woman.

“Marriage is what’s gonna hold our, it holds the families together. Without marriage you have no families, you have no society and it’ll just crumble,” said Beth Alster, of Hampstead.

Same-sex couples want the right to get married in Maryland. Currently they don’t have it.

“Good for us to be here today because it shows that we’re same-sex African-American males supporting the bill,” said Darryl Fields.

Last week, Governor Martin O’Malley held a news conference to show his support for same-sex marriage.  He supports a bill to make it legal.

Yet the governor acknowledged the divisiveness of the issue.

“Sometimes in our empathy that we feel that those who are treated unfairly, we respond to the sort of hurt of injustice, the inequality of our laws with words of hurt rather words of healing,” he said.

Yet opponents aren’t backing down. It’s a point made clear at the rally.

“Marriage is between one man and one woman. This is something that comes from on high,” said Deacon Al Turner, Archdiocese of Washington.

“We’re here to represent what marriage is. Yep, the definition of marriage: one man, one woman,” said David and Lauren Arconti, new parents.

A recent Washington Post poll shows that most Marylanders support same-sex marriage. But that margin is small: 50 to 44 percent.

Monday’s rally was held by the Maryland Marriage Alliance.

Comments (18)
  1. jim says:

    if you oppose a marriage of any kind, you’re a bigot. no way around that.

    1. Stupidity Rules says:

      A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance, and animosity toward those of differing beliefs.Seems you are one too, jim.

      1. You can do better says:

        .I have read your comments before and, though I disagree with some of them, I never thought you were petty or obtuse. This retort is both. Come on, use your brain and come up with an actual rebuttal for the issue at hand

      2. Stupidity Rules says:

        Sorry. This is all the effort I can put into this topic which is much less important then the state of our economy and Mr. O’Malley wanting to tax me on a tax I am already paying on gasoline. I only know what my beliefs are and how I will vote if this is brought to referendum. In this country the majority rules and that does not sit well with some.

      3. Joan says:

        Yeah, the majority rules when it comes to the CIVIL RIGHTS OF A MINORITY? What kind of BS is that? Try again.

      4. Stupidity Rules says:

        Whose civil rights are being violated? and how?

  2. Think again says:

    I heard Mitt Romney say two things in one of the debates. First, he extended the life span of Christianity by 1000 years in order to validate his opinion on same-sex marriage (I.e., you can’t dismiss 3000 years of history… a completely inaccurate comment, doesn’t he read?), then he defiled the Constitution by first, saying that gay folks can’t get married because it offends Christian values, then USED it to make a point about abortion. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, …. but not for anyone who’s opinions are different from mine? These self-righteous bigots ought to take a page from Roger Williams book. He was a Puritan clergyman in the 1600’s and a founding father of Providence, RI. He wrote that forced worship “stinks in God’s nostrils”. You cannot legislate religion or philosophy because it leads inevitably to hypocrisy. I quote from a recent article in Smithsonian Magazine: “At worst, such a society would lead to a foul corruption — not of the State, which was alrready corrupt, but of the Church.”

    By the way, Christians didn’t start getting officially married until the 1500’s (or using the word “marriage” until 1545), and even then, most marriages were arranged for profit (money, position, politics) and the Church was the force that came up with as many ways to nullify marriage as it possibly could. Ironic, right? Well, that’s because women were paid (now, “supported”) for exclusive rights to their “privates”, thus ensuring that Joe Schmo’s progeny were really his own…or at least for his own. Now, the history if marriage is a complex and often ugly one until the 1800’s or so…. now we’re only , what, 200 years or so ago, when POLYGAMY was frowned upon. Ohhhh…soooo the 3000 years of history includes a lot of polygamy? Indeed. So, now, let’s get to the nitty gritty…. should the government have any say at all in who marries who? Or should the laws regarding marriage only protect those who are incapable of making informed and clear decisions for themselves? Hm. Good question.

    1. Jeff says:

      Woah, woah, woah. You can’t go using facts around here. Peoples heads are going to explode if you start dropping fact based posts on here. The only posts around these parts that are acceptable is when your quoting what you heard on the talking picture box.

  3. Love makes a Family.... Not a piece of paper says:

    I have a serious problem with the person from the Maryland Marriage Alliance who said that “Marriage is what’s gonna hold our, it holds the families together. Without marriage you have no families, you have no society and it’ll just crumble,” Im sorry but who do you think you are to define a family?!? My husband, our daughter, and I were a family long before we got married! We are no more a family today than we were when our daughter was born!

  4. mr.right says:

    WJZ censers all opposing views giving the impression that the gay agenda is the will of the people

  5. Sam Lucas says:

    I grew up knowing that a man and a woman were what constituted a marriage -people can love another person so much it hurts and go to the ends of the earth for them –but when a man goes beyond that and has sex with another man that is not even morally right –that would be best considered against all things proper –people are trying to justify what is not moral because two men and two women cant have children –not naturally—so they should implement a civil union law that allows two people that love each other and spend their lives together be able to make life decisions and do the things a couple that is responsible and that is what they want ti join in a union that allows them to be responsible for one another as they have relied upon the whole time they are together the point is fight for rights but dont try to make things seem like they are what they arent

  6. Diane King says:

    Witherspoon — You sound like a raving lunatic. I can see rational discussion will be impossible with you. And for the record, I am not gay. I am a married heterosexual woman. Jump to conclusions much?

  7. Kathryn says:

    The only arguements you ever seem to see are based on religious texts, but last time I checked, Maryland was not a church state. If you like church states, try Iran, no gay marriages there LOL!

    @ Witherspoon- lots of hetero people get aids too. I support gay marriage and I am not gay, I just believe in equal rights. You want to pick on people who costs tax payers plenty in health care costs, try people who are abusing alcohol, drugs and or obese from poor diet & lifestyle choices, illegal aliens and those we foot the bills for in jail & welfare because they would rather cash checks than work. .

  8. aj says:

    @Kathryn – shame on you for telling people how they can think!!! Sorry not religious but to me this is wrong…. As for costs to health – shame on the government for trying to tell people how to eat, live, etc. If they are obese then thats on them, if they are poor -I blame the government – choices are what this country was founded on and so is the right to speak opionions. Everyone on this site sounds like democratic liberals that wants the government to take control and tell everyone how to live – AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT’S WHAT owemalley and his cronies are doing – so you live your life and let us live ours!!! Our state has gone to hell!!! Crime is ridiculous – taxes are extreme and people seem to like it. What a horrible thing this state has become – and don’t tell me to move because if I could you can bet your sweet a__ I would!!! But who can afford anything right now???

  9. Jack says:

    Legalize Polygamy!

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