Let the onslaught of ads concerning the referendum on Maryland’s marriage-equality law begin [“Maryland to see ad war over same-sex marriage,” Metro, Sept. 30]. I believe the barrage will only strengthen the resolve of the majority of Marylanders who support the right of gays and lesbians to marry.

I join with the growing number of Catholics parting ways with the church’s hierarchy on this issue. I respect the bishops as leaders of the church, but I disagree with them on this matter of politics and public policy. Indeed, polls show that the majority of faithful Catholics support marriage equality; for us, it is a matter of conscience. I am proud to be a Catholic voting for Question 6 on Nov. 6.

Mercy Coogan, College Park

The writer is an adviser with the Catholics for Marriage Equality Maryland.