With so much division in the country already, why create more? My hope is that all 50 states eventually pass laws giving everyone, gay or straight, the opportunity to love who they love, and celebrate that love with marriage.
From the county numbers we knew that many Romney voters in Maryland must have crossed over to support same-sex marriage; now it turns out that Question 6 actually carried many of the state's best-known GOP strongholds. Republicans voted for Question 6 in serious numbers.
Even before I knew the results, I knew that we were winning over hearts and minds. How powerful is it that this one woman's son decided to come out of the closet and that that one act turned an ardent Republican into a marriage equality supporter?
Not once in 32 previous campaigns were the efforts of marriage equality advocates sufficient. It took presidential leadership -- bravery, guts and plain human decency -- to add the final soupçon of sufficiency to allow us to run the table in a tidal wave of liberation this week.
We've seen millions of dollars spent on sleazy, misleading ads by anti-equality groups looking to scare Marylanders about what marriage equality is and what Question 6 means. Don't believe them, because it's really as simple as equality, fairness and justice for all families.
Marriage inequality makes LGBT people and our families inferior. Regardless of whether they were appointed by Democrats or Republicans, our nation's judges, trusted with the interpretation of our laws, are increasingly recognizing this reality. Maryland voters need to do the same.
CASA de Maryland, a community organization advocating for undocumented immigrants, has formed an alliance with Equality Maryland and the Latino GLBT History Project. Theoretically the move is brilliant. It's a strength-through-unity approach.
Ultimately, to secure the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide, intervention by federal courts is necessary. But if our pleas are to be successfully heard by sympathetic judges, we must expand the patchwork of states recognizing same-sex marriage to the greatest degree possible.
I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of the United States government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level.