MD Ballot Measure Wording Will Help Educate Voters
August 21, 2012 by Guest contributor
Josh Levin is the campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the campaign working to defend marriage equality at the ballot box in November.
This just in from the state Board of Elections – the wording of the marriage referendum has been released.
The wording is really important – it’s the last piece of information taken in by voters before they cast their votes.
So the news is the wording describes exactly what the referendum is about: equality under the law and protecting religious freedom.
The wording is accurate and straightforward and will serve as another way to educate voters.
Our opponents claim that religious leaders and organizations would be subject to legal consequences if they refuse to perform same-sex marriages, but the ballot measure wording could not be more clear that this is not the case.
Here’s the official wording for the 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.
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