MD Senate candidate harps on gay marriage issue
Earlier this week the Republican appeared at a meeting of conservative Christian leaders who are pushing for an amendment to the state constitution to ban gay marriage and reaffirmed his belief that marriage is a covenant between a man, a woman and God only.
“Marriage is not a purely human institution,” Steele told the Alliance for Marriage Foundation workshop. “Marriage defines not only the relationship between a man and a woman but also their journey through life.”
The remarks drew a harsh response from Equality Maryland, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.
“This is a transparent Karl Rove tactic designed to sway voters into thinking he is running something other than an empty shell of a campaign,” said Equality Maryland’s Executive Director Dan Furmansky in a statement.
“According to Mr. Steele, ‘they [people of faith] should not be brow-beaten into thinking something that goes counter to what the people in the community aspire to.’ Does that then mean he would have supported the Southern states that “defined marriage” in their constitutions as “two Whites, Negroes or Mongolians” circa 1948, after “activist judges” began striking down interracial marriage bans as unconstitutional…against popular opinion?”