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Gay Marriage In Maryland: Catholic Governors In Five States Sign Legislation

Dolan Malley

First Posted: 03/01/2012 9:50 am Updated: 03/01/2012 10:39 am

The Governor of Maryland will sign gay marriage equality legislation today. While the 2012 presidential race rekindles the embers of culture war, the rift between Catholic clergy and laypeople seems only to grow. In the recent contraception controversy it was revealed that 98% of Catholic women have used contraception at sometime in their lives, even as the Catholic Bishops maintain the position that contraception goes against Catholic teaching.

But contraception isn't the only place where the Catholic laity is at odds with the hierarchy. As Michael O'Loughlin pointed out in America Magazine, four Catholic governors have given marriage rights to gay citizens and Gov. Martin O'Malley makes five. As the political climate heats up, and with memories of the Bishop of Scranton threatening to refuse communion to the Catholic and, then Vice Presidential candidate, Joseph Biden, it will be interesting to see how, or if, these Catholic Governors remain in good standing within the Catholic Church.

See The Catholic Governors Who Have Signed Gay Marriage Bills:

Gov. Chris Gregoire (Washington)
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In a blog post just one day after signing Washington's gay marriage bill into law, Gov. Gregoire assured religious opponents, "Like laws in other states, our legislation provides broad protections for religious organizations, religiously affiliated schools, and social service organizations. While no religion will be required to perform a marriage against its beliefs, the state will no longer discriminate in the issuing of marriage licenses."

(Photo: Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire speaks before signing marriage equality legislation Feb. 13, 2012 at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state is the seventh state to legalize same sex marriage, however, before the law will go into effect it will most likely need to survive voter initiatives that would overturn it.)

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