Gov. Martin O'Malley won't tell Marylanders what he thinks marriage is, or how he came to support same-sex marriage, but he is certain "gender" is irrelevant to the marital relationship and the preservation of family and society.
Even pagan Rome, which condoned homosexual cohabitation, never recognized homosexual "marriage."
The Old and New Testaments affirmed marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Christ said: "… from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female … a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
So, is Governor O'Malley smarter than the author of Genesis? Will he also rewrite the Commandment, "Honor your father and mother" to add gender neutral language?
Mr. O'Malley treats same-sex marriage as a civil right. So, Maryland courts will treat demands from same sex couples as civil rights claims against churches, employers and others. Catholic adoption agencies will lose their license for child placement for failure to adopt children to same sex couples. This happened in other states.
Thorough research from the New Family Structures Study (University of Texas) recently showed significant adverse outcomes for young adults (18-39) raised in families of lesbian, homosexual vs. heterosexual married parents. There was more welfare, less education, and the children think they are less secure, suffer from depression, and experience more arrests.
Weakened families mean higher taxes and social disruption.
Charles Carroll, Maryland's Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they … who are decrying the Christian religion … are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."
While all persons are created equal, not all behavior is equal. On Nov. 6, vote no to same-sex "marriage."
Del. Bob Marshall, Richmond, Va.
The writer, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, is author of Virginia's one-man, one woman Constitutional Amendment.