Ballot language for Md. same-sex marriage referendum released

Protestors hold signs supporting same-sex marriageBY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade

The Maryland Secretary of State’s office on Monday released the language of the same-sex marriage referendum that will appear on the November ballot.

Question 6 will ask voters to vote for or against the Civil Marriage Protection Act that “establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.”

“The wording is accurate and straightforward and will serve as another way to educate voters” said Josh Levin, campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality. “This referendum is about equality under the law and protecting religious freedom, and we know the more people know about this issue the more they support it. Voter education is what’s fueling our momentum.”

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