A day after the Maryland Board of Elections officially certified a petition to place repeal of marriage equality on the November ballot, the Baltimore Sun has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. Details follow.
On Wednesday, the Maryland Marriage Alliance submitted 162,224 signatures on its petition to steal away the civil rights of same-sex couples by way of referendum to the Board, marking the most signatures on any petition the state's seen in recent memory.
To quiet the anti-gay activist's thunder, the following day the Baltimore Sun published an editorial officially endorsing marriage equality.
Reads the paper's endorsement:
The philosophical question posed by the referendum, though, is of great significance. Are all Maryland families entitled to the same protections under the law? Are all children, no matter who their parents are, entitled to the same kind of support?
We think they should be, if for no other reason than that it's important for Maryland to be a welcoming place for families of all kinds. The only reason the state is involved in marriage at all is that strong marriages make strong families, and strong families make strong communities. That's true whether the couples involved are gay or straight. The Episcopal Church has recognized this fact; it's not the first denomination to do so, nor will it be the last. We hope that this November, Maryland voters will come to the same conclusion and vote to support marriage for all.
Thankfully, the latest polls out of Maryland show a majority of voters oppose the referendum and support same-sex marriage.