Baltimore archbishop William E. Lori is set to co-host an event in Baltimore Wednesday night to oppose Maryland's new same-sex marriage law.
"It is a way for the faith community to gather together," said Kathy Dempsey, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Catholic Conference. "It is a time of fellowship."
Dempsey said the invitation-only event is free of charge, and she expects about 200 people. "Our campaign is not about raising millions and millions from Hollywood and Madison Avenue," she said. Derek McCoy, the head of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, is also co-hosting the event.
Lori was installed as the head of the Baltimore's archdiocese in March, the same month that Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a law allowing gay couples to wed. Opponents gathered enough signatures to trigger a referendum on the law in November.
When Lori took over as the leader of the roughly 500,000 Catholics in the archdiocese, he pledged to fight the same-sex marriage law. "The church has clearly and consistently taught the greatness of marriage between one man and one woman," Lori said at a March news conference. "Certainly, I will continue that teaching as a bishop and will be working on this issue as the referendum unfolds."
Supporters of same-sex marriage have put together a number of high-profile fundraisers, including a celebrity encrusted event in New York. Upcoming events include a Washington, D.C. fundraiser with Mayor Vincent Gray and one in Baltimore with Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo.