ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore’s Cardinal Edwin O’Brien says he is not surprised by the state Senate’s approval of gay marriage, but that the move threatens families.

The Senate approved a bill to allow same-sex unions Thursday evening, setting Maryland up to be the eighth state to legalize same-sex unions when Gov. Martin O’Malley signs the bill next week.

O’Brien issued a release later Thursday saying neither the church nor government should be able to redefine marriage, a common cry among opponents of the legislation.

O’Brien pledged that the Baltimore Archdiocese will work to overturn the law.

Opponents have vowed to bring the legislation to referendum on the November ballot. They will need to collect more than 55,000 valid signatures from Maryland voters to do so.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (11)
  1. Ricci Adams says:


    1. Joshua says:

      Save the church from it’s on priest .
      How about that little shameful cover up destroying families?
      God save the church from its own little dirty secrects.

  2. Ed Smith says:

    When can I sign the ballot? This is another case of the govenor ignoring the will of the people and pushing his personal agenda. The law makers should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this to happen.

    1. Ricci Adams says:

      I agree. We need a government that supports the people.

      1. Joshua says:

        Don’t you mean the majority?

      2. Tim W says:

        @Ricci- You are right. We should have allowed people in the 60s to vote on interracial marriage or segregation because we always let the people decide on matters of civil rights.

  3. Joshua says:

    The church needs to work harder on all the child molesting priest before they start worrying about gay people getting married.

    1. Tim W says:

      @Joshua- so true. That is a much much bigger threat than whether my partner of 24 years get married. But hypocrisy is nothing new for the Catholic Church.

  4. sherry says:

    Really?? The church has nothing better to do than worry about who is allowed to marry? Why do they think their religion should be able to sway our Government and their decisions. Thought church and state were supposed to remain separate? They are going to push to have this put on the Ballot? I am a straight married woman and i applaude O’ Malley (which I usually don’t do) for allowing people in love to have the same rights as us. Good and if you don’t like it tough, you probably didn’t like it when women or african americans became allowed to vote either.

  5. Ricci Adams says:

    The problem is that the Federal Courts have rules that a United Methodist Church in New Jersey (a state that passed a similar law allowing gay marriages,but indicated churches could refuse gay mariages) indicated that the Chruch was wrong in not allowing a Gay Marriage on its property. I am not against civil unions in government buildings; but forcing religous insititutes to accept gay mariage is a crime against the freedom of religion. What about business that are owned by individuals whose religious belief indicates gay marrage is a sin. They will be forced to cater to that which they beleive to be wrong. This is what the real injustice is.

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