As Americans around the country prepare to cast their vote for the next president in a few weeks, voters in Maryland will be faced with another monumental decision: whether to become the first state to affirm same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
The ballot measure comes just a few months after a tough fight in the Maryland state legislature to pass a measure to allow same-sex unions. But now opponents have put a referendum on the November ballots to strike down that measure.
This renewed debate over the issue got another boost this weekend when Maryland Representative Emmett Burns wrote a letter to the owner of the Ravens football franchise urging him to censor one of his players who spoke out in support of gay marriage. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo had spoken publicly in support of same-sex marriage and participated in a political campaign urging voters to do the same this November.
Burns is not only a state representative, he is also a pastor at a church in Maryland.
In response to this controversy. the Rev. Delman Coates, discusses the interesting intersection of politics, faith, and gay marriage among the black community in Maryland. Coates is the pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland.