Maryland Close to Legalizing Gay Marriage

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The Maryland State Senate could legalize gay marriage at anytime. Should that happen, the House of Delegates is expected to follow suit shortly thereafter. However, there are some who continue to fight to keep Maryland from becoming the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.

"If they vote the wrong way on this issue, there's going to be some repercussions on that," said the Association for Maryland Families' Derek McCoy.

Social conservative leaders are pushing to stop same-sex marriage in the Old Line State.

"This is about our culture. This is about generations. This is about our children. And I think it's fair enough to say that we need to keep marriage the way it's currently defined in this state and not allow one small group to say we want to redefine it for everybody else," McCoy added.

The conservative National Organization for Marriage released a poll showing 54 percent of Maryland voters back the traditional definition of marriage. In contrast, just 37 percent support same-sex marriage.

But those figures contradict another poll that suggests Marylanders back legalizing gay marriage 51 to 44 percent.

If lawmakers decide to allow same-sex marriage, opponents say they will immediately begin working to get the issue put on the ballot so Marylanders themselves can decide whether or not their state accepts gay marriage.

"You see, that's where the decision should be made, within the people," said Pastor Rick Bowers of the Christian Impact Alliance. "The group of legislators down here who are proponents of same-sex marriage do not represent the overall majority of Marylanders, so we need to put it back in the hands of Marylanders."

"They can do something about this issue. They can make sure that marriage remains as between one man, one woman in this state," McCoy said.

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