Maryland Catholics urged to keep up fight against SSM


The Catholic News Service tells the tale of a fight still very much underway:

The bishops of Maryland Feb. 28 asked Catholics in their dioceses to keep up the fight against same-sex marriage in their state, saying, "We must not allow our Legislature to redefine marriage."

... "In addition to their thousands of e-mails, phone calls and visits to legislators, over 500 Catholics came out last week (Feb. 21) to visit legislators for the Maryland Catholic Conference's Lobby Night. Your efforts must not abate. The time for continued and urgent action is now."

The bishops criticized the "haste with which this measure is moving through the legislative process," calling it "unprecedented."

... The bishops said the bill's passage "by a slim majority of senators" was "regrettable." But the debate is "not over," they said, as "a solid number" of House members "remain opposed to redefining marriage." They urged Catholics to continue to tell their representatives that they have their constituents' support in rejecting same-sex marriage.