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Marylanders for Marriage Equality rep visits Hagerstown church

Amy Adler spoke to people at New Light Metropolitan Community Church on West Church Street

October 23, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Amy Adler, a representitive for Marylanders For Marriage Equality, spoke about Question 6 to a small group of supporters Tuesday night at New Light Metropolitan Community Church on West Church Street in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

A representative for Marylanders for Marriage Equality was in Hagerstown Tuesday night in an attempt to drum up support for a general election ballot question that would allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license.

Amy Adler spoke to about 10 people at New Light Metropolitan Community Church on West Church Street and then worked with some of the people who called registered voters to talk about Question 6.

Adler, who is Marylanders for Marriage Equality’s regional field organizer for western Maryland, told those gathered that Question 6 has broad support from groups and individuals such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Colin Powell.

Adler said her group has talked to thousands of people about Question 6 but she said the work must continue.

“Because we have two weeks to talk to everyone else,” Adler said.

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“This is our time as (the) state of Maryland. It’s what’s right,” Adler said.

Adler said her group has been talking to voters in Washington County about Question 6 and the organization has been doing the work throughout the state ahead of the general election on Nov. 6.

People at the meeting talked about challenges they have faced in bringing attention to gay and lesbian issues.

Linda Smith, president of the Washington County chapter of the National Organization for Women, said a NOW club at Hagerstown Community College wanted to have a lunch and learn event at the college about Question 6.

The school’s head of student activities initially said there should not be a problem with the event, Smith said.

But the head of student activities later said that a school official said the lunch and learn could only be held if there was an organization at the event who presented an opposing view, Smith said.

Smith said she did not think that was right, and she said a decision was made to hold Tuesday night’s event at New Light Metropolitan Community Church instead.

Smith said many people who are opposed to Question 6 are opposed to it based on religious reasons. But a handout from Adler stated that churches and religious officials don’t have to marry anyone they don’t want to under Question 6.

“It’s very straightforward,” Adler said of the question’s language.

Adler said many people who are called on the phone about Question 6 do not know about the issue.

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