Political timidity and moral values in Maryland's same-sex marriage debate

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 8:46 PM

Regarding the March 12 article "Gay couples assess Md. marriage setback":

I have to wonder why, on so many issues, Democrats in this state and country don't seem to have any guiding values or sense of leadership. They seem hell-bent on appeasing the right, moving to the middle and worrying about getting reelected. In a Democrat-dominated statehouse, with a Democratic governor and several more Democratic would-be governors waiting in the wings, leadership on civil rights issues is still sorely lacking.

Reportedly, several delegates couldn't or wouldn't vote for the bill essentially because they didn't want their true position of support made public. Ironic, isn't it? Gay rights supporters who won't come out of the closet.

Michael Cornell, Columbia

The writer, a member of the Columbia Council, was co-chairman of the Maryland Green Party from 2004 to 2006.

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Regarding the March 14 editorial "A setback for gay marriage":

I am not "unconvinced," "unwilling," "Republican," "churchgoing African American," "Catholic" or "less educated," but I do attend church regularly and am opposed to gay marriage, unlike your editorial board.

The sad thing is that anyone who dares to speak out against same-sex marriages is made out to be an ignorant, Neanderthal homophobe.

Just because the state deems something legal does not make it moral.

Let us hold marriage as a sacred union between a man and a woman as God succinctly intended.

Thomas R. Viets, Millersville


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