Christian Representatives Voice Support for Maryland Marriage Bill

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 "ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Christian coalition of clergymen and women announced Thursday that it's time Maryland passed a law recognizing same-sex marriages.

"The announcement comes as more powerful forces within those faiths pledge to lobby hard to keep marriage between a man and a woman.

"Pressure from religious groups, especially Catholic and black churches, is a big reason the legislature has been slow to embrace same-sex marriages. The coalition of clergy said it hopes to turn that tide.

"Baptist leaders joined with Catholic leaders in Annapolis on Thursday in support of the bill before the General Assembly that allows same-sex partners to legally marry in Maryland and receive the same rights as heterosexual couples.

"'The Christian church's appreciation of the infallibility of religious freedom, its sexual theology and even the meaning of marriage have all changed over time,' said Sister Jeannine Gramick, a Maryland representative of the National Coalition of Nuns.

… "But the other side of the pew remains strong in its opposition. The Maryland Catholic Conference and the Baptist Ministers Conference of Baltimore promise to keep the pressure on to keep the status quo."

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