MARYLAND ~ Protect Marriage ~ Vote NO on Question 6 – RESOURCES

Vox5 INTERRUPTS THIS POST to report a friend’s experience while an “Early Voting” location on Sat. 10/27.  Here’s what they had to say:

WORD OF CAUTION: I just returned from voting. When I went to review my ballot before casting it, the machine had me voting for a pro abortion liberal whom I would never have voted for. I went back into the ballot and voted for the right person. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU REVIEW YOUR BALLOT SELECTIONS AND REPORT ANY QUESTIONABLE ACTIVITY TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS!!! It only takes a few errant votes here and there to steal an election.

Current Vox5 suggestion is to ask to talk to the Head Election Judge before you go into the voter booth to ask what you should do if you encounter the same thing.

There are a lot of resources on Question 6 below so please scroll through until the end.  Thanks!!

Click here for downloading an audio presentation on Why and how should Christians strive to uphold marriage as defined by Scripture in their role as a citizen in the US?

FIRST, if you want to protect marriage as between a man and a woman,

Vote NO on Question 6!

Tell YOUR friends to vote NO on Question 6!

HELP at the polls is needed at the polls on Tuesday!  Please see further below for more ways (including this one) in which you can help the Maryland Marriage Alliance spread the word about protecting the TRUE definition of marriage in Maryland.

THIS is SCARY stuff!  In order to see story, CLICK on the video link below or this one in maroon in case it is unavailable . . . NO ONE should be bullied for expressing freedom of speech, much less a 14-year-old girl!

Bullied by SSM proponents for employing HER freedom of speech.

Greg Quinlan, President of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) and Executive Director of Equality and Justice For All, writes:  

“Equal Marriage” = Unequal Heterosexuals / Why Homosexual Marriage Signals the End of Heterosexual Rights

The homosexual push for “equal marriage,” otherwise known as genderless marriage, can only lead to a ban on heterosexual rights. With a President in power who endorses gay causes and readily misuses executive orders, and emboldened by their numerous wins for gay rights at the legislative and judicial level, homosexuals have now moved beyond equal rights to the “more equal than you” level. As a result, gay organizations are working to ban that practice they fear the most — heterosexual behavior.

READ MORE here.

Click on the “Consequences of Redefining Marriage” piece above to enlarge it and/or print it and then click the back arrow button to return to this page.

What happened last week in a Maine middle school has “defined” partly what SSM laws are all about — recruitment.  See story below from FRC.

MARRIAGE: THE MAINE INGREDIENT FOR SUCCESS

November 5, 2012 – Monday

In Maine, activists have been working for months to illustrate why same-sex “marriage” is a bad idea. Last week, a local middle school did it for them. Parents are still steaming over a shocking scene at Gorham Middle School, where school administrators used “Diversity Day” to introduce kids to a vivid description of homosexual foreplay. The presenters, Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine, hosted Gorham’s assembly at the invitation of Principal Robert Riley. What was meant to be a conversation about “tolerance” quickly turned into a graphic explanation of gay and lesbian sex acts. Although several teachers said how “uncomfortable” they were, not one intervened–leaving families appalled and irate.

MORE here.

Also click to see 77 Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage.

HOW YOU CAN HELP MARYLAND MARRIAGE ALLIANCE

Your help is really needed!  Maryland Marriage Alliance (MMA) desperately needs poll workers to hand out information to voters outside before coming into the building.  They’re looking for people to organize poll workers (from one’s church) for MMA, both for the early voting and for Election Day.  This is essential for MMA to get the word out since many people may not know which side is which on this issue.

If you can help, please send an email to signup.mocomma@gmail.com and give your name, email address, phone # and what you would like to do.  You will be contacted promptly.

Mass. Parents Warn MD Parents of Public School Kids – Vote NO on Question 6

Should Marriage Be Changed To Promote Same-Sex Couples?

Dear MMA Supporter,Dr. Alveda King, niece of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is being featured in a radio commercial in support of marriage as the union between one man and one woman. (Click to hear the commercial)

Dr. King understands intimately the price that thousands of Americans paid for Civil Rights.  She understands that it is possible to be tolerant of the rights of others without redefining marriage.  Like you, she believes that it is offensive to call people of faith names like “bigots”, “cowards” and “sexual rednecks” for expressing their religious beliefs.

You can listen to Dr. King’s commercial by visiting our YouTube Channelhttp://www.youtube.com/mmanoon6. ; We can share Dr. King’s message with Maryland radio audiences, if you make a contribution of $75, $100, $250, $500 or $1000 today!

Can we count on you to help us uphold marriage on November 6T as a union between one man and one woman?

Together we can make a difference.

Sincerely,


Derek McCoy
Chairman, Maryland Marriage Alliance


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2012

Dr. Alveda King Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featured in Maryland Marriage Alliance Radio Commercial

Annapolis, Md. – Today the Maryland Marriage Alliance will begin airing radio commercials featuring the niece of slain Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As a minister and lifelong human rights activists, Dr. King believes that the NAACP is wrong to compare same-sex marriage to the Civil Rights movement.

In the ad Dr. King says:

We did not define marriage and we cannot redefine it.  Marriage by definition is a holy union between one man and one woman. 

Gay and Lesbian couples already have rights under Maryland law – like priority hospital visitation, sharing property, tax exemptions, adoption and the list goes on. It is possible to be tolerant of gay and lesbian rights without redefining marriage, God’s holy union.

Dr. King joins a majority of African Americans who are perplexed and disappointed that the NAACP would make a move that is in opposition to what its membership supports.  African American voters in large majorities have joined voters in 32 out 32 states to uphold marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Alveda King’s support in opposing Question 6,” said Derek McCoy Chairman of the Maryland Marriage Alliance.  “Dr. King like many African Americans is greatly disappointed that people of faith are being labeled bigots and even harsher names because they believe that marriage should not be redefined.”

The radio ad can also be heard on the Maryland Marriage Alliance’s Youtube Channel. Http:www.youtube.com/mmanoon6

***MARYLAND MARRIAGE ALLIANCE NEEDS HELP***

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

with your time,

your resources & your $$

***ASAP***

The other side has infinitely more of these than those of us who understand what’s at stake in protecting biblical marriage.  Please pray and please consider how you may help during these last few weeks!!   However, before you move on, if you haven’t heard, see this piece about Gallaudet University’s Dr. Angela McCaskill who was suspended (bullied) from her job for SIGNING the petition!  You can also easily sign an online petition to help her get her job back.

Read the story here.

So what’s the BIG deal about same-sex “marriage”?  Read this piece on What same-sex “marriage” has done to Massachusetts by Brian Cannemaker of MassResistance to learn more about what Massachusetts residents have experienced AFTER same-sex marriage was put into law there.  It’s NOT a ‘pretty picture’.  Marylanders, to avoid this fate, VOTE NO on state ballot question #6!  Pass along this information to your friends and family BEFORE it’s too late!

 

Specific Ways YOU Can Help Maryland Marriage Alliance Protect Marriage

The Maryland Marriage Alliance (MMA) in Montgomery County is looking for volunteers to help with its efforts to preserve marriage in Maryland by encouraging voters to “Vote NO on Question 6” in November.

(1) Volunteer to staff the polls on November 6th, Election Day.  This is very important and can make an 8-10% difference in how people vote. This involves standing and giving out literature at the polls. The busiest times are from 7-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.  Please help us! Go to signup.mocomma@gmail.com and leave your name, email address, phone # and what hours you can work at the polls.

(2) Volunteer to staff the polls (hand out literature outside in the parking lot/on the sidewalk) during Early Voting which runs Oct. 27  – Nov. 1 from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. every day except Sunday which is 12 Noon to 6 p.m.  Early Voting Centers are listed at this link:  http//www.elections.state.md.us/voting/early_voting_sites.html (see #1 to sign up)

(3) Be a liaison with your congregation to inform members and recruit volunteers & ESPECIALLY poll workers.

(4) If you are interested in volunteering in any other ways: database work, delivering fliers and signs, making phone calls, writing letters to the editor, etc. go to signup.mocomma@gmail.com and leave your name, email address, phone # and what you would like to do.  You will be contacted.

(5) Donate to MMA online by going to their website!  Funds are desperately needed for ads & materials.

In addition, you can:

(6) Download materials from the MMA website (marylandmarriagealliance.com).  Images are available for “palm” cards, postcards as well as 2 articles on the threat to marriage and why marriage counts (but I’ll post the links here): 

http://www.marylandmarriagealliance.org/why-marriage-matters/

http://www.marylandmarriagealliance.org/consequences-of-redefining-marriage/

http://www.marylandmarriagealliance.org/the-threat-to-marriage/

(7) Sign up to receive emails from MMA at https://www.votervoice.net/MDFA/Register

MMA can use as much or as little time as you have to offer for the next week!  Please help!  Together we can win — but it will take every congregation and every voter to make it happen!  This election WILL BE close!!

*QUESTION #6 – Same-sex “marriage” – info. from Del. Kathy Afzali.

October 24, 2012
I am so glad that many of you are taking the time to educate yourself on the referendum questions.Writing about Question #6 – Same Sex Marriage, I will ask that before making your decision to vote for same-sex marriage in Maryland, at least read my opposing arguments.

Several amendments were offered in the 2011 and 2012 sessions that would have made the bill more palatable to the opposition.  All were rejected.
The rejected amendments included:
  • Protections for parents who wish to opt out their children from same-sex education (I offered this myself)
  • Protections for wedding vendors who object
  • Protections for young boys (under 18) who are legal to marry in Maryland with permission.
  • Protections for churches, parochial schools, charities, shelters, and other religious community organizations that receive state money
The amendments were voted down, leaving many of our citizens of faith in vulnerable positions with regards to future lawsuits and restrictions waged against them.
Finally, everyone has a moral argument to wage regarding same-sex marriage. When viewing legislation I try to pull my moral opinions out and look at the pros and cons of legislation. I am personally opposed to same-sex marriage for religious purposes, but I can look objectively at the bill and see that it is just a bad law.

Again, thank you again for taking the time to engage yourself in Election 2012. Please share this information with your friends and family.

Sincerely,

Helpful articles and informational websites::

Minnesota for Marriage http://www.minnesotaformarriage.com/

DC Catholic Charities Forced to Close Adoption Program  http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/same-sex_marriage_law_forces_d.c._catholic_charities_to_close_adoption_program/

Catholics Forced to End D.C. Foster Care Program   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/18/dc-gay-marriage-law-archdiocese-end-foster-care/?page=all

Culture War Hits Kindergarten     http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=1230620&page=1#.UIofQ8XNbw-

Inn Sued Over Refusal to Host Gay Wedding   http://abcnews.go.com/US/vermont-inn-sued-refusal-host-gay-couples-wedding/story?id=14110076#.UIofIMXNbw-

Vermont Inn Sued    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/22/jim-and-mary-oreilly-vermont-wildflower-inn-anti-gay-marriage-maine_n_2002439.html

Mainstream Churches Feel Pressure   http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/14/us-usa-religion-gaymarriage-idUSBRE86D0CD20120714

Question 6

Civil Marriage Protection Act
Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.

 

Why I voted against this law.

Legalizing same-sex marriage in our state will strip the roles of men and women from marriage, making it a “genderless” institution.  We will be redefining traditional marriage – the union of a man and a woman.

Same-sex couples want to be provided with the same benefits as traditionally married couples.

  • Presently, significant benefits are granted to domestic partners, including same-sex partners.  They receive health care facility visitation, health care decision-making, ability to adopt children, state employee health benefits, exemption from state inheritance taxes, and many more.
  • It is not necessary to redefine marriage in order to provide benefits to same-sex couples.

Religious freedom is protected by the language in the law.

  • False!
  • There is language in the actual legislation that does not appear on the ballot.  Religious organizations that accept any sort of state or federal funds are excluded from any religious liberty protections, as well as individuals or businesses.
  • Churches, religiously affiliated institutions, private businesses (wedding caterers, photographers, florists, etc.) and individuals who, for moral reasons, will not be a part of a same-sex marriage ceremony, face litigation.
  • There have been incidences of people being fired from their jobs who oppose re-defining marriage.

Angela McCaskill Suspended From Job     http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/10/19/gallaudet-angela-mccaskill-suspended-gay-marriage-co/

  • Nonprofit groups are faced with abandoning historic mission principles to maintain government contracts.

 DC Catholic Charities Forced to Close Adoption Program

Catholics Forced to End DC Foster-Care Program

  • Marriage education in schools will include same-sex marriage.  The courts have ruled that parents have no right to prior notice or opting out their children.

  Culture War Hits Kindergarten

  • Wedding professionals have been fined for refusing to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Wildflower Inn Sued Over Refusal to Host Gay Wedding

 

There should be equality among all people, so homosexuals should have the right to marry.

  • Discrimination is understood as the unjust denial of basic human rights to a certain person or group.
  • Those supporting same-sex marriage compare the discrimination of homosexuals to the civil rights movement.   In truth, homosexuals have the freedom to live as they choose.

What the law says to children: 

  • Redefining marriage shifts the focus of marriage laws away from the interests of children, and onto the desires of adults.
  • Men and women are exactly the same in rearing children.
 
Writings
  • “What makes it hard for a girl to grow up with a gay father is that she never gets to see him loving, honoring, or protecting the women in his life.” (From “Out From Under: The Impact of Homosexual Parenting)
  • Women with gay or bisexual fathers are significantly less comfortable with closeness and intimacy, less able to trust and depend on others, and experience more anxiety in relationships than women with heterosexual fathers. (Arch Psychiatric Nursing 2009)
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Regeneration

Against or For? 

by Josh Glaser

It seems it’s difficult these days to say anything challenging gay marriage without being looked at as a bigot, a religious zealot, or a hater. In response, many have gotten quiet.

But I can’t. Not so much because I’m opposed to gay marriage (though I am), but because I love homosexual men and women.

For the past 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of meeting and walking alongside hundreds of men and women who, due to no fault of their own, discovered early in life that they were attracted to the same gender rather than the other gender. For most of them, this discovery came with a great deal of anxiety, fear of rejection, and shame.

My heart is for these friends. I want what’s best for them, just as I want what’s best for everyone.

This is why I am opposed to gay marriage.

Gay marriage holds out hopes for a better life for my friends: hope to be treated as an equal to everyone else, hope they won’t have to live a lone and lonely life, hope they can have a loving family of their own, and so much more.

As one who loves them, I want these things for them, too, and so much more. Jesus has what they’re after. But same-sex marriage will not deliver on its promises. It will take more than it will give. Not so with Jesus, he will give more than he takes, even when it seems the cost of obedience to him is far too high.

I’ll unpack this in other blogs elsewhere, but for now let me stand as one voice standing unequivocally for love and against same-sex marriage.

What do you think? Do you believe it’s possible to stand against gay marriage in a posture of love? How do you do this? If you are for gay marriage, what do you think of the idea that others may oppose your view out of love for homosexual men and women? Click here to leave a comment.

For people,
Josh

Josh Glaser

Executive Director
Regeneration

www.RegenerationMinistries.org

October 25, 2012

 


Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness
.
– Mother Theresa

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