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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Same-sex marriage backers plan rally

By Associated Press

Same-sex marriage supporters will rally in front of the Maryland State House on Valentine's Day as part of a national campaign.

Supporters of a measure to legalize the unions in Maryland said last week that they would rally in the state capital on Valentine's Day and lobby lawmakers later that night.

If approved by lawmakers, Maryland would become the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. A state senator switched his vote in favor of the measure Thursday after what he called "appalling" behavior by opponents at a public hearing on the measure.

By Associated Press  | February 14, 2011; 10:45 AM ET
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Gender should not be a qualifier for marriage.
The government has no right to dictate the genitals of the person I wish to marry.
I agree with removing the gender stipulation from the one marriage law, instead of having to change over 300 other laws to allow for "civil unions".

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 14, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The question remains:

Is absolutely severing the connection between procreation and complementarity of gender from the concept of marriage the best social policy for families in Maryland?

Conflating a mechanism for allowing marital benefits to gay couples who seek them with changing the definition of marriage under the rubric of "equal rights" may not serve the best interests of marriage in Maryland in the future.

Oranges and apples are both fruits, but calling an apple an orange does not necessarily make it one.

It would be enlightening if the Wash. Post could somewhere post the arguments for both sides of the debate.

Posted by: captn_ahab | February 14, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The question remains:

Is absolutely severing the connection between procreation and complementarity of gender from the concept of marriage the best social policy for families in Maryland?

Conflating a mechanism for allowing marital benefits to gay couples who seek them with changing the definition of marriage under the rubric of "equal rights" may not serve the best interests of marriage in Maryland in the future.

Oranges and apples are both fruits, but calling an apple an orange does not necessarily make it one.

It would be enlightening if the Wash. Post could somewhere post the arguments for both sides of the debate.

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Posted by: shaiarra | February 14, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

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