I signed the petition to bring same-sex marriage to the November ballot, but before I am accused of being a bigot, please read this:
The Maryland State General Assembly is heavily unbalanced in favor of the Democratic Party, the same party as the governor of the state. Even if the Republican Party held a similar amount of power, I would still support putting hot button issues such as same-sex marriage, on the ballot allowing the general population to vote "Yes" or "No" on the subject.
Certain issues should be brought to the ballot for every citizen's vote to be counted. If same-sex marriage is accepted by the people in November, then it shall be so. If the people speak through their votes to prevent same-sex marriage in Maryland, then it shall be so. Either way, this is the only fair way to decide an issue that has strong and passionate opinions on both sides.
Leaving the issue to be decided by politicians, who are easily persuaded by the pressure of advocates from outside of the state, is unfair to all of the citizens living here in Maryland. In Maryland I have personally spoken with Democratic and Republican voters about the same sex marriage issue, and I have found voters in both parties who are for and against the issue.
Bringing matters like same-sex marriage to the ballot in November will result in an accurate opinion of the people of the state of Maryland on this issue. If the people vote against same-sex marriage in November, it would be unfair, to the citizens of Maryland, for the issue to be reintroduced to the legislature or the vote to be challenged in court. The same goes if the votes are in favor of allowing same sex marriage in Maryland, let the votes be counted and the decision be final.
I signed the petition because, in my opinion, the Maryland State Legislature is incompetent and unable to seriously consider any issue at all. Repeatedly the votes in the state legislature fall directly along party lines which suggest that there is a great amount of party politicking in Annapolis. Whenever that occurs, I do not believe the citizenry is being properly represented. Let the votes of the citizens be heard, and let that be the end of it.
Steven Smith, BaltimoreCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun