Maryland Catholic Conference Commends House Decision to Reject Legislation to Redefine Marriage

March 11, 2011

We commend the decision of the Maryland House of Delegates to effectively reject legislation to redefine marriage. The decision to recommit the bill to committee indicates clearly that a majority of the chamber’s members are opposed to this legislation, despite the enormous political pressure they were under to vote against their conscience and the interests of their constituents.

This result also demonstrates the powerful impact that conscientious conviction can bring to the public square when it bears witness with respect and compassion to values with deep moral consequence. This helped to raise the issue above partisan politics and special interest efforts, and gave courage to legislators to stand by their profoundly held convictions. It is our hope that all people of commitment to the time-honored understanding of marriage will be inspired to remain involved in the political process on many other issues as well, and to continue to work together to uphold human dignity and the common good.

We recognize that this issue has been deeply personal and emotional for those involved and applaud our lawmakers for allowing the floor debate to be conducted with dignity and respect for all sides.

Maryland Catholic Conference advocates for the Church’s public policy positions before the Maryland General Assembly and other civil officials. The Conference represents the three dioceses with territory in the state – the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

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Kathy Dempsey
Communications Director, Maryland Catholic Conference
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