BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The battle over the state’s same-sex marriage law wages on. Sunday, the debate was front and center in many churches.

Adam May has more.

At the Greater Harvest Baptist Church in West Baltimore, members are urged to take a political stand. The church is one of more than 1,000 churches kicking off a petition drive to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law this fall.

“It’s between a man and a woman,” said Carleta Whitfield. “It’s in the Bible.”

Earlier this month, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the bill into law, making Maryland the eighth state to recognize same-sex marriage. Days later, opponents launched the campaign to strike it down.

Now this weekend, the drive for signatures begins with many opponents citing scripture.

“You got a man and a man, a woman and a woman. What’s equal about that? Nothing,” said Gregory Whitfield, an opponent of same-sex marriage. “Neither one can produce kids. God said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply.'”

But other churches support same-sex marriage, and there’s more division within religions explained by this group of progressive Catholics.

“We are basically speaking about human beings and their human dignity and about the fact their rights and families have to be protected,” Frances DeBernardo of the New Ways Ministry.

Opponents need almost 56,000 signatures by the end of June to get the issue on the ballot.

Same-sex couples hope they fail.

“I feel like our lives are not American Idol. I don’t think the validation our family’s respectability should be put up to a popular vote,” Lisa Polyak, a same-sex marriage supporter, said.

If churches fail to get enough signatures, same-sex couples will be allowed to tie the knot in January.

Comments (30)
  1. Richard P. says:

    Blah, Blah, Blah who really cares.

  2. js says:

    Then don’t read the article!! Dah

  3. NEAL says:

    Everyone on this planet should of the same rights as anyone else. Gay or Straight – Black White or Green. Anyone who’s religion is against gay marriage can make the choice not to have one, but you have no right AT ALL to tell another soul they should not marry whom ever they want. Bigots are Bigots. We heard the same arguments with interracial marriage.

  4. AutisticOne says:

    Carleta Whitfield doesn’t have a leg to stand on with her argument. “It’s in the Bible”? As a recovering Catholic, the Bible is nothing more to me than an archaic book of stories. It is not a guidebook on how to live life. And it certainly is not the word of God.

    I’ve got news for you, Miss Whitfield: not everyone shares your belief and we don’t want to. If you want to follow that belief, go right ahead, but you have no right to prevent us who disagree from following our own beliefs. Legislating your belief effectively prevents us from doing so.

  5. Huzzer says:

    Immorality has gone rampant in America and may be about to incur the wrath of God.

    1. AutisticOne says:

      Huzzer, if you feel comfortable believing your own beliefs, that’s fine. Just keep it within your own fantasy world. I’m perfectly comfortable living in reality, thank you very much. God wants me to do what I feel in my heart, not what is written in the pages of a 2,000-year-old book.

      As for the opposing argument of “You got a man and a man. Be fruitful and multiply”:

      If you people want to follow that statement literally and do as you think God says, go ahead and do it. Just stop telling the rest of us to do the same. I don’t want to procreate and I will not do it just because your belief system says I should. I don’t tell you what to do; if you don’t want to marry someone of the same sex, don’t! I never said you had to. But many of us want to and you have no right to restrict us from that. *That* is immoral, my friends.

    2. Kathy says:

      AGREED, People are too self indulgent and sinful, and the “world” says it is ok, but it is not. Great words, Huzzer.

      1. NEAL says:

        Kathy you are just a bigot. So sad to be filled with so much hate. If anyone needs to be prayed for it is you.


  6. Chris says:

    About time that the tax exempt status of Churches who dabble in politics is removed by the IRS — who is leading the charge to get this done? Raise a petition, call the IRS… come on folks lets get the Church out of politics and their Sheeple cleansed.


    Its interesting to note that inter racial marriages( which were deemed the work of the devil) were talked about in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s in the same way as this issue is being discussed now. Luckily for us we have a younger generation that is embracing diversity as they grow in this wonderful multi racial society that God has provided us with so that we may grow in love and tolerence not in hatred and resenrtment.

  8. Kathy says:

    It is between a man and a woman. Regardless of what you believe it is against the laws of nature to be gay. They need help mentally, medically and spiritually. It is self indulgent and wrong just as and illness needs to be cured or a person who steals needs to learn of their wrong shortcomings. I have traveled the world and studied abroad (Even all the sciences) There is a greater being and He gives us laws to live by. We are not to judge but to help others and to learn from others. We are to care for all people, but not to condone or stand by and let others live in sin, willingly. Marriage is simply a man and woman, just like the man said. Bible says in Lev 18:22; Rom 1:26-7; 1 Cor 6:9 about it being wrong and the marriage versus are as follows…Eph 5″23, 1 Cor 7:2-16, Gen 2:24…

    1. AutisticOne says:

      You’re wrong, my dear. It is only against your delusional fantasy to be gay.

      If there really is a greater being that gives us laws to live by, come back here when you’ve heard those laws directly from His mouth. Otherwise, keep your own delusions in your own fantasy world. I much prefer reality, thank you very much.

  9. Stupidity Rules says:

    Well it looks like the voters that put our tax and spend govenor back in office for a second term do not agree with him on this and are going to overturn it on referendum. What a waste….

  10. PATSY says:


    1. Chck says:

      The only mentally ill people are the ones who take everything from an ancient text written by men as the word-for-word Gospel truth, and type in all caps.

      1. NEAL says:

        No God wrote the Bible – or any other religious texts of any kind. Religion was created to control people by people and basically to keep the poor from killing the rich.. If you want to believe in fairy tails – you have every right to. Just keep your your bible and any other religious beliefs out of the law.

    2. AutisticOne says:

      Did you hear the “word of God” directly from His mouth? No? Then stop shooting off your own mouth, MIssy.

  11. Lou says:

    That ‘ancient text’ is the truth and always be the truth, no matter what you believe. That ‘ancient text’ warns of the things that are happening in the world today. Things that used to be wrong are now ‘right’ and the things that are right are now wrong according to what the Bible predicted would happen. Things that were written thousands of years ago in this ‘ancient text’ are coming true today. And this ‘ancient text’ is more factual and real than you might ever imagine. Sorry you are so blind!

    1. AutisticOne says:

      If you want to believe that your fantasy world is coming true, go right ahead. The majority of us prefer to live in reality.

  12. ddotk says:

    Kathy & Patsy – Gay people are self-indulgent? Mentally ill? Come on now, who have you been listening to? And don’t answer “the Bible”, because we all know who those descriptions come from people. And what do your gay friends say when you tell them this to their faces?

  13. Keep religion out of politics says:

    Everyone of you who are commenting that your religious beliefs are the driving force of why you oppose this bill passing really need to make yourselves aware that religion is not determined by politics and visa-verse. Please keep your religious beliefs to yourself as they have absolutely no grounding for your “argument.”
    And those of you “religious, holier than thou,” people who are making the comments that state that Gays need help “mentally, medically, and spiritually,” need to remember not to cast the first stone, because in my eyes, that is the kettle calling the pot black. You said yourself, Kathy, “we are not to judge,” so let that guide you, and let others make so-called “mistakes” by loving another human being.

  14. John S says:

    Marriage was sacred for over 5,000 years, created by almighty God between one man and one woman. It stayed that way since the dawn of civilization. Government is systematically stealing your rights away, left and right, and pretending to give you things, like free education, free health care, and now gay marriage of all things. By the time you fools wake up, it will be too late. Those who understand what is going on, it is past time arguing with these idiots, it is time to prepare.

    1. AutisticOne says:

      Prepare for your own fantasy world. If you don’t want to live in reality, go away and leave us alone.

      1. John S says:

        Don’t worry Autistic One this terrible atrocity will go into the dustbin come November but the template has already been set – elect legislators that hate common morals shared by the majority and force bad legislation down their throats. Fine, we’ll defeat it in November, and you’ll enact it once again. The voice of the people means nothing to you liberals. Only getting your way, which I know will eventualy happen, since you’ve poisoned so many young minds with your anti-religious hatred. When my generation dies off, you’ll reap what you sow.

  15. Ann says:

    oh for pete’s sake, when are you going to figure out not everyone believes the same as you. We have freedom of religion and not all religion takes a narrow view on marriage. Stop trying to shove your morals down the throats of others.

  16. H8NSBAD says:

    The bible clearly says that eating shellfish is an ABOMINATION. Where is the outcry or demand that congregations put down their Crabs or Shrimp? Why are gay people singled out and vilified by some churches? Why are the houses of God becoming houses of petitions and political divisions? Gay people are our neighbors, co-workers, brothers and sisters. Are we all not equal before God? Are people blind that there are MANY gay Christians and many churches that welcome and minister to them? Some of these churches will gladly marry them as well. The ones that won’t are free under the law to not do so, or to rent a hall, or to provide any other services. The law is well worded and executed to protect religious institutions. Same sex marriage is not a threat to anyone or their own marriage. The divorce line has not gotten any longer since this passed here or in MA or in DC, or anywhere else. It is the fear and prejudice that we must all confront. I pray for everyone on all sides to work to improve marriage to all, not to deny it to any.

  17. QRM says:

    After voting on the definition of marriage, which means we’re voting to remove the gender requirement in marriage, at some point we’ll be voting as to the definition of “father” and “mother”. Some women will insist that being called “father” will make them feel better about themselves, and will insist that “fathers” get better treatment and how it’s just not fair that they can’t be called father! The libs will start screaming “BIGOT!” at anybody who opposes this. All the conservatives will fall in line because we’re afraid to be called bigots.

    Ain’t democracy great?

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