Maryland Moms Back Gay Marriage In State

Whenever a group of moms wearing pearls gather at a press conference to say something about the gays, we usually duck our heads and wait for the damnation to end. But a group of mothers from Maryland’s Montgomery County came together Thursday to voice their support for Question 6, the state’s same-sex marriage referendum on the ballot in four days.

The Washington Blade reports:

“I’m opening my home to you all because it’s an important issue of fairness on the ballot this year in Maryland,” said retired Library of Congress librarian Marilyn Parr during a press conference outside her Silver Spring home. “I’ve gathered some women like me who believe Question 6 is about fairness and equality. I’ll let them share their stories with you, but I believe that a couple who is willing to make a lifelong commitment should be treated with the fairness I received in my own marriage. It’s the right thing to do. And it’s time that Maryland voters do the right thing and vote for fairness and equality for all families to be equal under the law.”

“I voted for Question 6 because I believe in the Golden Rule and I want to raise my children in a state where we treat others as we want to be treated,” said Silver Spring resident and self-proclaimed life-long Christian Jane Meier.

“Every family deserves dignity, and all children need to be protected under the law,” said Susan Wilson. “We all know someone who’s gay or lesbian. They are our neighbors, our friends, our family or even members of our congregations or synagogues. And their children, who are every bit as precious as my own, deserve the securities afforded to our families under the law. In six days we all have an opportunity to provide fairness and equality for these families and children. They deserve the same protections I enjoy simply because of the person I married.”

“Marriage equality just makes sense to me,” Michelle Russo said. “I met the love of my life 16 years ago, and I married him three years later. I believe the gay couple down the street should be able to have the same marriage that we do. The freedom to marry should be afforded to all committee couples.”

There may not be one million of them, but these moms got their message across loud and clear.

Photo: The Washington Blade/Michael K. Levars