Two prominent Baptist preachers star in videos urging Marylanders to vote “yes” on Question 6, the ballot measure which asks voters to uphold – or reject – a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers.

“As a pastor, my support for Question 6 is rooted in my belief that the government should treat everyone equally,” the Rev. Donte Hickman of Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore says in his 30-second video. “I wouldn't want someone denying my rights based on their religious views. So I shouldn't deny others based on mine. It's about fairness.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

“This law does not force any church to perform a same-sex marriage if it's against their beliefs. Protecting religious freedom and protecting all Marylanders equally under the law, that's what this is about,” the Rev. Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton says in his 30-second video.

Baptist leaders, however, disagree with Hickman and Coates. Reverend Fred Luter, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said in May that he's in disagreement with President Barack Obama on the issue of marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. Baptist State Convention of North Carolina President Mark Harris has also expressed support for the state's ban on gay nuptials. Additionally, the campaign to repeal the law in Maryland is led by Derek McCoy, a prominent African-American Baptist pastor.