Baltimore Cardinal Edwin O'Brien has
vowed to overturn Maryland's gay marriage law.
With the help of a single Republican,
Senator Allan Kittleman, Democratic
senators approved the bill during an evening session on Thursday.
Governor Martin O'Malley has said he
will sign the bill into law, which would make Maryland the eighth
state to legalize gay marriage.
This was the second time the chamber
has approved the measure. A gay marriage bill cleared the Senate
last year before it was ultimately shelved in the House of Delegates
due to lack of support.
The House joined the Senate last week
in approving marriage equality.
“Though not a surprise, today's vote
to redefine marriage in the State of Maryland by some members of the
State Senate, is no less troubling for it places Maryland one step
closer to the dismantling of the most fundamental social institution
in all of society,” O'Brien
said in a statement released on Thursday.
“The Catholic Church, like others
throughout western civilization for thousands of years, has regarded
marriage for its unique gifts rooted in nature, and respected that
only God alone – not the Church and not government – bestows the
true meaning upon this relationship that He created.”
“Now, Maryland's politicians
unconscionably have chosen political expediency over the good of
society – the fundamental charge of their office – by daring to
redefine this sacred union between one man and one woman. Their
action poses a grave threat to the future stability of the nuclear
family and the society it anchors. The Archdiocese will continue to
advocate for the preservation of both and will eagerly and zealously
engage its 500,000 members in overturning this radical legislation,
and will join with the hundreds of thousands of others in this
Archdiocese and throughout Maryland in aggressively protecting the
God-given institution of marriage.”
O'Brien also offered a prayer.
“Let the light of Thy divine wisdom
direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the
proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they
may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national
happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge;
and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.”