Former Maryland Governor Martin
O'Malley was recently asked whether his Catholic faith was at odds
with his support for marriage equality.
O'Malley, a possible Democratic
presidential candidate, campaigned for passage of and signed a bill
making Maryland the eighth state to legalize gay nuptials. Three
years later, gay couples can marry in 37 states, plus the District of
In a recent interview with The
Des Moines Register, O'Malley was asked how he reconciles his
Catholic faith and support for marriage equality.
“I believe in the dignity of every
person,” O'Malley answered. “And I believe that while we're all
free to practice our religion and to hold whatever religious beliefs
we choose, I think we can all agree that every child's home deserves
to be protected equally under the law. That there is dignity in
every child's home.”
“And so, I've found that the passage
of marriage equality actually squares with the most important social
teachings of my faith, which is to believe in the dignity of every
person and to believe in our own responsibility to advance the common
“And part of that advancement means
changing laws when they are unjust,” he added.