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O’Malley And Archbishop At Odds Over Same-Sex Marriage Bill

August 10th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

Letters released by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's office show that he and the archbishop of Baltimore were at odds over a same-sex marriage bill. The letters released this week reveal that two days before Martin O'Malley announced plans to sponsor a same-sex marriage bill, Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of Baltimore urged that he reconsider the move. O'Brien said in a July 20 letter that sponsoring the bill would "deeply conflict" with O'Malley's Catholic faith. O'Malley responded, saying essentially that when shortcomings in the laws bring about a result that is unjust, he has a public obligation to try to challenge that injustice. A same-sex marriage bill cleared the state Senate this year but was pulled from the House floor after vote-counters determined they were a few votes short of a majority. O'Malley says he believes same sex marriage legislation can be drafted that would not impact religious freedoms…

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