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Maryland same-sex marriage opponents unveil first television ad

Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign director Josh Levin. (Courtesy photo)

Opponents of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law on Monday unveiled their first television ad against Question 6.

“Marriage, the union of a man and a woman, has served society well for thousands of years,” says the Maryland Marriage Alliance ad. It is the first of a series of spots that the anti-Question 6 group is expected to air on television stations across the state and in D.C. ahead of the Nov. 6 referendum on the same-sex marriage law that Gov. Martin O’Malley signed in March. “Marriage is more than what adults want for themselves. It’s also about the next generation. Marriage provides children the best chance of being raised by a mother and father. While death and divorce too often prevent it, children do best when raised by their married mom and dad. Everyone is entitled to love and respect, but nobody is entitled to redefine marriage. Vote against Question 6.”

Derek McCoy, chair of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, said in a press release that his campaign’s ads will “help Marylanders understand the importance of preserving marriage in our state.”

“Our ad reminds Marylanders that marriage is the building block of society and that while everyone is entitled to love and respect, no one is entitled to redefine marriage,” he said. “Voting against Question 6 keeps marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

A Baltimore Sun poll late last month shows 49 percent of likely Maryland voters support the state’s same-sex marriage law, compared to 39 percent who oppose it. A Gonzalez Research poll earlier in September notes that 51 percent of Marylanders would back Question 6, compared to 43 percent who would vote against it.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the group defending the state’s same-sex marriage law, is scheduled to air their first ad on WBAL in Baltimore on Wednesday. The campaign has purchased more than $550,000 worth of airtime on Baltimore and D.C. television stations through Election Day as the Washington Blade reported last week.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality declined to specifically comment on the anti-Question 6 ad. Spokesperson Kevin Nix referred the Blade to fundraising appeal it sent to supporters earlier in the day to raise money for ads to counter those from the Maryland Marriage Alliance that are expected to air on D.C. television stations in the coming weeks.

“Our opponents are up on TV in across the state with a new ad, but what they missed is that Question 6 is about fairness and equality under the law,” reads the e-mail.

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