The Catholic Review: Archbishop Lori calls same-sex marriage passage 'a wake-up call'
Maryland and Maine were the first two U.S. states to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote Nov. 6, breaking a 32-state streak of the public voting in favor of marriage remaining a union of one man and one woman.
Maryland Catholic leaders hoped the trend would continue in Maryland, whose legislature narrowly passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage in February 2012. Traditional marriage supporters succeeded in bringing the law to public referendum with hopes of overturning it by popular vote.
The law was upheld with 51.9 percent voting in favor and 48.1 percent opposed.
A strong advocate of traditional marriage, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori was among the campaign’s most vocal leaders. He was disappointed to see voters approve same-sex marriage, he said.
“I think that vote will prove not to have been for the common good of our state,” Archbishop Lori said.
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