Let Justice Roll Down Like Water, Righteousness Like an Ever-Flowing Stream
We are Maryland clergy and religious leaders of many faiths, traditions, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. We represent religious institutions, organizations, and movements throughout the state. We come from different political parties and philosophies but lift our voices in unity to speak a faithful word for justice and equality for all families.
We declare that our faith calls us to affirm marriage equality for loving same-sex couples.
Our religious traditions and scriptures teach us that wherever love is present, God is also present. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is our human capacity to love one another. The ability of two people to enter into relationships and form families of love and care is one expression of this gift. It is holy and good. We therefore affirm that all Maryland families are worthy of fair treatment and deserve equal legal recognition.
We recognize that there are principled differences on this issue within the religious community. We affirm that the state should not require any religious group to officiate at, or bless, same-sex marriages. However, the state also should not favor the convictions of one religious group over another by denying individuals a fundamental right to legally marry whom they love. We expect and trust the legislation in Maryland will protect religious freedom and provide full protection for religious institutions to maintain their beliefs and traditions.
God is love and love is for everyone. Now is the time for Maryland to stand on the side of love and compassion to affirm equality for all LGBT families.
Join Equality Maryland as we celebrate the Capital Pride Street Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets. The Festival is DC’s largest annual one-day event with over 150,000 visitors, almost 300 sponsor & vendor exhibits, three stages, two beverage gardens, a family area, Taste AT Pride, Art in Pride and numerous food vendors offering a huge selection of various cuisines. We'll have a table set-up for all of your EQMD swag needs, make sure to stop by!
All are welcome at The Interfaith Fairness Coalition of Maryland's annual Pride Interfaith Service held at Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore on Thursday June 13th at 7:30pm.