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Same Sex Marriage Bills

I stand strong in favor of traditional marriage between a man and a woman and do not believe it should be redefined.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to let me know your thoughts and concerns about the following bills, which are very important to me.  It is an honor to serve as your Delegate. 

I stand strong in favor of traditional marriage between a man and a woman and do not believe it should be redefined.  People have a right to live as they choose; they don’t have a right to redefine marriage for all of us.  Children of Maryland need a loving Mother and Father providing them as much balance as possible.   House Bill 438 would teach children one or the other parent is not necessary, is dispensable or un-important.  Children are confused enough with sexual messages, let’s not confuse them any further.   

This year two committees are being brought together in an attempt to avoid the possibility of the issue going to a referendum.  

HB 474 - Maryland Marriage Protection Act  
Scheduled Hearing on 2/10 at 1:00 p.m. (Judiciary)

HB 438 - Civil Marriage Protection Act – Crossfiled with Senate Bill 241 

I recognize the sensitivity of this issue, respect everyone’s opinion and am available to listen to your views.  However, I was elected to make tough decisions to uphold the Constitution and the rights of my Constituents and that is what I will do.  With many other issues like the budget, people out of work and struggling to meet their basic daily needs, our focus should be directed at those issues now.  

We will continue to monitor this process and update you.

Glen Glass

Town Hall meeting @ Aberdeen Library with Delegate Glen Glass
21 Franklin St  410-273-5608
Saturday, February 18th, 1:30p.m. - 2:30p.m.   

  

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Karl Schuub February 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
One thing Sherry and other like minded activists don't get is narrow minded zealotry and a big mouth; coupled with an in your face methodology won't win hearts and minds. I will never forget the "operation pink" lesbians who basically interrupted a Catholic service in NY screaming and throwing things...you think people want to listen to freaks like that or that there's any chance for a rational discussion with what seems more to me like terrorists-light? Most people accept that others can and will adopt a gay lifestyle and frankly could care less. Do whatever you want to do, but for activists they're so busy claiming thier "rights" are being taken away when most of the time they already have them. The only issue here is "marriage" and I think religious people have a right to expect thier values have some "value" as well; after all everything else has been given up...geez they teach kids as young as 6 and in schools that gay is OK. What else do you want? These people want to pick a fight because they think it gives them a voice - if NOW got everything it wanted what would all those malcontents do with thier time...
Bob February 12, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Yes Karl, in fact same sex couples, even in civil unions in states which allow it, can be taxed at a higher rate at the federal lavel because they need to file as single. They can't combine their income and deductions to take advantage of lower tax rates. It's also harder for them to qualify for certain tax breaks because the credits phase out sooner for single filers.
Annie McLhinney Cochran February 12, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Wow. I wish the Patch would explain to some that personal attacks on threads are unacceptable. Seems the same people are on here being overly nasty over and over again. Facts only. Also typing in all caps is yelling in the social media world and displays lazy social media skills. I don't like reading posts from people who are yelling....it shows poor debate skills as well. Thanks to all those who took the time to explain what marriage means to many of us. I too was raised in Catholic schools from K - college right here in this fine city. What I remember mostly is we were taught tolerance for other religions and those who may be different. I personally have heard quite a few Catholic priests and Catholics disagree with our church and believe a same sex marriage would not destroy the institution of marriage. Not everyone within our religious community agrees with the church on many topics -- ahem -- like birth control, and a vow of abstinent for priests. I have gay friends who have been in long term loving relationships and have done exceptional jobs raising their children. Many don't care to get married...most actually don't see it as a need. Many have chosen to get married and their family and friends stood in support. Marriage is a beautiful thing when two people honor the true meaning of this special contract. I respect you feel the way you do, but not to impose your beliefs on my gay brothers and sisters who also hold God special in their lives. God is love..all love.
Mark February 12, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I guess you aimed that at the people on here against Gay marriage. I thought you might have been addressing Sherry Hawkins referring to me as a jerk off. I should have known better as you have been very clear in past post about your very "left leaning" views. Oh well.
Carol February 12, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Mr. Glass thank you for standing up for what you believe. Someone stated that people are watching, well tha's ok. God is watching and that's who we have to be concerned about. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Those that preach other wise should not be behind a Pulpit! God Love's everyone, He just doesn't like the sin, lets call it what it is. Yet in God's eyes its no different then telling a lie or killing someone a sin is a sin, the Bibles says we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. But, Jesus died to save us and forgive us of our sins. Thank God for forgiveness, it's free and for whosoever will. I'm not judging thats God's job. Carol
Eric Crouse February 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Carol, you are entitled to your feeling, however let's call your response what it is...JUDGING. So stop judging and let God do his job!
Eric Crouse February 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM
And PS, judging someone regardless of how you intend it to be is a sin and therefore you are sining so you may as well tell a lie or kill someone because it is the same...
Carole February 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
So now O'Malley needs the GOP to pass this bill. When has he ever needed the Republicans to pass anything in this one party town? This bill is going to fail and he has no one to blame but the liberal democrats in Annapolis. He is using the Gay community and if I were you, I would be mad as hell. O'Malley lies and we all pay the price.
Tom Fitzpatrick February 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
All this reminds me of the last scene in the famous Billy Wilder comedy, "Some Like it Hot", wherein Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtiss dressed in drag and ran off to Florida with an all girl orchestra to excape the mob (or specifically, George Raft). Tony winds up with Marylin Monroe, while Jack (still in drag), winds up with the millionaire playboy (Joe E. Brown). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Inp_sWsUqQ&feature=related
Tom Barnes February 16, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I will make a couple simple statements. As much as I want to verbally tongue lash Mr. Glass for his insulting stance, he is entitled to his opinion and his bigotry, as each of us are (I certainly have mine, and most of it is against “wolves in sheep’s clothing” proclaiming they own God and know God’s mind). It’s when you PUSH your bigotry onto others and try and make it law that we have a problem. Mr. Glass should learn to “live and let live” because I could insult the way he conducts himself very easily and find Bible verses to back me up. I won’t go there. I am sure, at his core, he is a good man. I am a gay man, in a well established relationship (Civil Union, VT, Aug 2000). We have two children. WE ARE A FAMILY. As much as everyone wants to insult that and put us down, it simply doesn't take away who and what we are. And it doesn’t take away our CONSTITUTIONAL right to have the EXACT same rights as everyone else. Our relationship should not be relegated to that of second class citizenry; that is EXACTLY what some of you wish to do, along with Mr. Glass. (con't below)
Tom Barnes February 16, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Frankly, I don't believe in this hateful "god" that some of you prefer to worship. My God is a God of Light & Love. For those that want to call us ‘sinners’, we are all SINNERS; your perfection is only in YOUR minds. It's interesting that all these folks proclaiming to be "Christian" are forgetting some important things. Jesus HATED religion; to the point He chased the money changers from the church. THEN as a final act on the Cross, He ripped the tabernacle. That's a very clear indication of what He thought of the arrogance of those that would proclaim to know His Father & push their religious "values" on others. Jesus never ONCE said "Follow the Bible" - it didn't exist. He said "Follow ME" for He was an example of Love, something that is seriously lacking in quite a few of today’s churches. He didn’t say a word about gay people, but he did admonish those that think they are better than anyone else. Perhaps THAT is where some of you “Christians” should be working on your own selves. Get the log out of your own eye before you try and push your beliefs on the rest of us and try to make those beliefs law. In closing, I invite you to visit my family. Get to know my children & my Spouse before you pass your judgment. Think about this: which closeted family member are you driving to suicidal thoughts because of your hatred? Which relative – adult or child – will you find hanging in a closet because of your “family values?” Think about it.
Tom Barnes February 16, 2012 at 03:30 PM
James... it isn't about sex. I find it interesting that you think it's about sex and shows the perversion of those on your side of the fight when that is ALL your argument is based on. It's about respect. I am a human being and not a second class citizen. Not to our Nation, our State or to YOUR God. Before you judge me, get the log our of your own eye.
Tom Barnes February 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Loren - he forgets (or doesn't realize) that quite a few of us gay folk are taking care of the disposable children created by straight people. It's empty headed, but he is entitled to his ignorance on the subject.
Tom Barnes February 16, 2012 at 03:34 PM
ummm.... Karl? I have gay folks in my family going back many generations. They raised kids in positive environments. THAT'S a tradition. ;)
Tom Barnes February 16, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Well said, Monica.
Tom Barnes February 16, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Which/whose traditional marriage? Spears or Kardashians or Gingrichs or Clintons or Reagans or Kennedy's or (E) Taylor's or (R) Hudsons or Haggards or (M) Foley's or Dr, Hagers or even my mothers?... gee, I could go on with this lovely "traditional marriage" list all day long. It would overwhelm the Patches network. I love "traditional marriage" don't get me wrong. But straight folks don't seem to know how to do it right, especially those that want to try and squelch equal rights. http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/Republican_Sex_Scandals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_scandals_involving_evangelical_Christians
Brandon February 16, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Not ALL people think alike. Not all African Americans think alike. Not all women think alike. Not all LGBT people think alike. AND... Not all ALL Christians think alike nor do we all hold your beliefs Sandra Bowers Main.
Brandon February 16, 2012 at 04:22 PM
No. You, Bob, do not own the word "marriage" and neither does the church. Its a cultural concept and we all belong to the culture. You can not bar me from wantting to get married. get over it.
Tom Barnes February 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Sandra: Our foundation was "One nation under God?" Really? No. 1) They didn't throw Bible's and Crosses into the Boston Harbor. They threw Tea. Our "foundation" was not about "One nation under god at all" - it was about FREEDOM. 2) If your reference is to the Pledge, a little history is in order: The Pledge was written in 1892, adopted by Congress in 1942, changed 4 times, with "under God" added in 1954 (as a shot at Communist Russia). So, I'm unclear the "nation under God" statement. There is no "foundation" whatsoever. Many of our founding fathers were actually not religious at all... they were a mangled mess of Christians, Jews, Agnostics and Atheists. They actually FEARED the concept of "one nation under God."
St. John's Episcopal Church February 16, 2012 at 04:51 PM
For the Christians: if we look at Jesus actual words, and not those written by imperfect humans, I think we can come to a better understanding. The bible was written by many faithful people, and what they wrote made sense in the society they where in. But have you ever noticed that there are always conflicting verses if you look hard enough at it all? You can find versus for and against nearly every action depending on the context. This is why I personally try to stick with what Jesus said. Matthew 7: 1-5 is Jesus exact words about us judging one another. "Pass no Judgement, and you will not be judged. For as you judge others, so you will yourselves be judged, and whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye, with never a thought for the great plank in your own? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take that speck out of your eye', when all the time there is that plank in your own? You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's." In Mark 12: 29-31 Jesus says what is most important for us to do: "The first of all the commandments is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is the only Lord; love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." -admin
Bob February 16, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Brandon, I don't want to claim the word, only establish equality between the two in states which separate them. Your statement - "we all belong to the same culture" tells me that we are really on the same side of this issue?
Sean Welsh February 16, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Here's an update: http://havredegrace.patch.com/blog_posts/update-on-same-sex-marriage-legislation
Mark February 16, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I have very mixed views on gay marriage. I have gay friends and they are very good people, but I still have a hang up with gay marriage. I really don't think an internet message board is the best place to sort it out. It seems that discussions on the internet are always conducted between people who are not going to change their mind very easily. I don't have issue with Mr. Glass on his beliefs. He was elected by a majority of people who shared the same views. I also have no issue with you Tom. I'm sure your family is as you say it is, and probably a lot less dysfunctional than many heterosexual families (I think we all have a little dysfunction in our families). I really believe that a lot of problems could be solved if we could do away with so called "news networks" such as Fox, MSNBC, Current, and CNN. All these networks do is promote hatred and anger among people with different view points. When I was a child we had none of these networks, We got are news from the local tv station and the nightly national news, as well as newspapers. Politicians back then would still disagree, but they seemed to always work things out in the end, Not like the group we have today. We went out and talked to our neighbor, and hashed out our differences with respect and decency towards one another.
Mark February 16, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Any how, I apolgize for this long winded rambling. I know it was hard to follow, but its just some thoughts in my head that I wanted to state. I am not trying to offend anyone, I am just fed up with how angry and hateful we the people of this country have become towards one another. I really sometimes wish we could all go back about 30 years.
Tom Barnes February 16, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Mark - thanks for the post. It shows that at least people are willing to consider somethign different then what they are being told to believe in. Of course, I could never change my position on this issue, because, well... you know. ;) Unfortunately, we live in a society of angry discourse. We also live in a society that now want's to breed religious beliefs with law. There is no way that can't make people angry on either side of an issue, regardless of what it is. I so agree with what you said about the news. As I told a friend yesterday, "At one time freedom of the press meant they reported what they wanted to but did so rationally, without fearmongering and within moral boundries. The press is a major problem in this country but no one wants to address it politically because, let's face it, it would be a nightmare. Again, thanks for a positive post.
Havre Disgrace February 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Havre Disgrace February 24, 2012 at 08:14 PM
How do you feel about tattoos? Leviticus chapter 19, verse 28, which says: You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD. All people with tattoos are going to heII! The Lord said so!
Havre Disgrace February 24, 2012 at 08:18 PM
So if two christians get married by the justice of the piece in city hall its not considered a marriage? I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Havre Disgrace February 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM
What you believe is not the problem. What you believe the rest of us should believe is the problem.
Havre Disgrace February 24, 2012 at 08:38 PM
And when I think of religion I think of the Westboro Baptist Church picketing military funerals because they hate gays. "you think people want to listen to freaks like that or that there's any chance for a rational discussion with what seems more to me like terrorists-light? "

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