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Statement of Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director, New Ways Ministry
New Ways Ministry thanks and congratulates Maryland’s House of Delegates for passing marriage equality legislation today, insuring that human dignity is honored, discrimination is eradicated, and ALL Maryland families are protected.
“Throughout the years of debate on this bill, New Ways Ministry has maintained, along with the majority of Catholics, that marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples is the proper Catholic thing to do. It is a simple matter of social justice, which is one of the highest values that our faith professes. We were proud to publicly testify for this bill in legislative hearings.
“The bill in Maryland still has to be voted on by the state Senate, where it was passed last year. No senator has said that he or she will be changing a vote from last year.
“Martin O’Malley, the state’s Catholic governor, has vowed to sign the bill. Mr. O’Malley has worked ardently for the bill’s passage. We are proud that this man of faith has stood up to do the right thing for our lesbian and gay brothers and sisters. We hope that his witness emboldens other Catholic lawmakers to follow his path of courage.
“Please keep Maryland in your prayers, as the bill takes its final steps to becoming a law, which will make Maryland the eighth state (plus the District of Columbia) to enact marriage equality.”
New Ways Ministry is a 35-year old national Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for lesbian/gay Catholics and the wider church and civil communities. For more information, visit: www.NewWaysMinistry.org