O'Malley held firm in face of religious bullying by Catholic Church

I applaud Gov. Martin O'Malley for holding firm in the face of religious bullying ("Archbishop's letter on gay marriage," Aug. 9). When it comes to matters of public policy, the Catholic Church's opinion should remain, well, just that — an opinion. Of course, the church does not see it that way. According to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a Vatican office that oversees Catholic Church doctrine, "the Catholic law-maker has a moral duty to express his opposition clearly and publicly" to any legislation favoring gay marriage. That Mr. O'Malley is the one actually sponsoring the bill is nothing short of heresy!

From its militant opposition to stem-cell research to its sweeping campaign against contraception, the church's failure to regard morality in terms of human well-being is merely hastening its own demise. As we wait it out, let us hope that our politicians continue to promote genuine human interests over irrational dogmatism.

John Rigilano, Baltimore

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