BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A major federal court ruling on same-sex marriage on the other side of the country adds fuel to the heated debate here in Maryland.

Kai Jackson has more on the local implications of Proposition 8.

What’s happening in California is being viewed with great interest here in Maryland.

It’s a victory for supporters of same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court in San Francisco overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, in a 2-1 vote, calling it unconstitutional. It moves the issue one step closer to the Supreme Court.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley appeared on MSNBC’s Politics Nation with Al Sharpton Tuesday. O’Malley says he hopes the federal ruling in California will help Maryland pass a bill to allow same-sex couples to get married.

“I hope it’ll have a persuasive influence on those delegates who are open-minded and in order to persuade them to vote for our bill,” O’Malley said.

Last week, opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in Annapolis. They argued that the state should define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

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

Jasmine and Natalie Pope are a same-sex couple who were married in Washington, D.C., where same-sex marriage is legal. They live in Pikesville.

“As far as the state of Maryland is concerned, we’re just two people who live together,” Natalie Pope said.

The couple supports Maryland’s same-sex marriage bill. Jasmine is pregnant and wants the same benefits heterosexual couples have.

“It’s frustrating when someone denies your family access to things that other citizens in your state may have,” Jasmine Pope said.

Currently six states and the District of Columbia allow gay couples to wed.

Comments (6)
  1. whatnow says:

    There are legal papers that give unmarried couples the same rights as married couples (as marriage is just a contract) so that argument is untrue. I know quite a few Gay people and I really don’t have a problem with civil unions or gay marriages. But that being said, when I see that actress from Glee on TV talking about her wife, it just hits me wrong. If Gay people really want to be accepted and have their marriages accepted, then try compromising a little bit. I wonder how many more people would vote yes on this issue if the Gay community would not use the words husband and wife. As for the court overruling the will of the people, what else is new.

    1. JayKewP says:

      Would you compromise your rights to satisfy the desires of men who do not share your beliefs? I think that is unfair, don’t you? I am a strict vegetarian as part of my religious faith. I am constantly bombarded by images of cooked flesh on Tv and children wolfing down death for MacDonald’s. Should you be forced to compromise your right to eat what you want because it makes me feel better? It isn’t about you and your comfort zone, it is about what is right for these consenting adults.

      1. JayKewP says:

        Sorry, that last bit sounded as though I was wagging my finger at you, personally. That was more of a general “you”, not a personal “you”. 😉

      2. whatnow says:

        I compromise all the time in the interest of harmony. You are compromising by not banning meat just because you don’t eat it (which is very healthy and I try to do the same thing 1 or 2 days a week). I think everyone compromising is what makes the world a more loving, warm harmonious place. Thank you for your second post. I like it when 2 people can have a conversation and be civil.

  2. connie says:

    If God wanted same sex marriage he would have had it from the start. God created marriage for man and woman not Adam and Steve or Eve and Anne. I am sorry but I do not believe this should be done and stop telling our children that this way of Life is Okay. I am a Christian and I am tired of people telling and promoting same sex to our Children but God for bid if our children even think about talking about God in school. I vote no to same sex marriage.

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