Maryland mothers voice their support for Question 6 and the freedom to marry
November 02, 2012
Yesterday, a group of mothers from Montgomery County, Maryland gathered in Silver Spring to voice their unified support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and to ask Marylanders to vote FOR Question 6 on Election Day.
Marilyn Parr, a retired librarian from the Library of Congress, spoke at the gathering yesterday. According to The Washington Blade, she said:
I'm opening my home to you all because it's an important issue of fairness on the ballot this year in Maryland. I've gathered some women like me who believe Question 6 is about fairness and equality. I'll let them share their stories with you, but I believe that a couple who is willing to make a lifelong commitment should be treated with the fairness I received in my own marriage. It's the right thing to do. And it's time that Maryland voters do the right thing and vote for fairness and equality for all families under the law."
These mothers are joining together and speaking out in favor of Question 6 because they understand that all couples in Maryland should have the freedom to marry the person they love. Through their own experiences falling in love, marrying their husbands, and raising their own children, they have grown to understand that a law like Question 6 is designed to protect the citizens of Maryland and ensure that they can be treated equally.
One of the women, Jane Meier of Silver Spring, told The Washington Blade that she had already cast her vote in favor of Question 6. She explained that it was important for her to set this example for her children, saying:
I voted for Question 6 because I believe in the Golden Rule, and I want to raise my children in a state where we treat others as we want to be treated.
The effort to mobilize mothers in the state is also seen in Baltimore, where 73 moms have signed onto a pledge to vote for Question 6 on Tuesday. The pledge says:
As mothers, our highest priorities are ensuring our children's well being and raising them to be good people with strong values. In order to achieve both of these goals, we need for the society that our kids to grow up in to be a fair and just one - one that treats all people equally and that models the values we are teaching our kids at home.