Gov. Martin O'Malley raises money for same-sex marriage campaign
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: Last week, Governor Martin O'Malley spoke at an Equality Maryland fundraiser to raise money for his campaign for supporters of same-sex marriage. O'Malley urged suporters to "call on the goodness" of their opponents in their attempts to gain more votes in the General Assembly and more allies throughout the state.
O'Malley believes the issue of same-sex marriage should be viewed through the eyes of children of same-sex couples. At the event, O'Malley said, "It is through their eyes, the eyes of the children of gay and lesbian couples, that I have viewed this issue." "Even people who do not yet agree with us on this issue, there is a lot of goodness in each and every individual and we need to engage in that goodness." The event drew 300 people and raised $12,000.
Primary opponents to O'Malley's same-sex marriage campaign are Baltimore's Archbishop Edwin O'Brien and the Maryland Catholic Conference.
In July, O'Malley announced that he would lead the charge for gay marriage in Maryland, and put his name on a bill allowing same-sex marriage in Maryland. Before July's announcement, Archbishop O'Brien wrote to the governor. According to CBS News, O'Brien wrote,
- "With great concern I write to urge you to refrain from using the power of your office to promote the redefinition of marriage in Maryland. We speak with equal intensity and urgency in opposition to your promoting a goal that so deeply conflicts with your faith."
On July 22, the governor responded to O'Brien :
- "As governor, I am sworn to uphold the law without partiality or prejudice. When shortcomings in our laws bring about a result that is unjust, I have a public obligation to try to change that injustice. I have concluded that discriminating against individuals based on their sexual orientation in the context of civil martial rights is unjust. I have also concluded that treating the children of families headed by same sex couples with lesser protections under the law than the children of families headed by heterosexual parents, is also unjust."
The Maryland Catholic Conference also issued a statement back in July, calling the governor's decision "regrettable," and said "The moral and social impacts of redefining marriage would be pervasive and severe."