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"Worthy of Death" Comment Inflames Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Debate

8:17 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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HANOVER, Md. (WUSA) - A YouTube video shot at a town hall meeting sponsored by the Maryland Family Alliance has inflamed passions in Maryland's same-sex marriage debate.

The video, made at a town hall meeting in Baltimore on October 19th, featured a panel with Pastor Robert Anderson. Anderson quoted scriptures saying homosexuality is "worthy of death" and then drew a direct line to Question 6.

"If we dont vote against it, then we are approving these things that are worthy of death," Anderson said.

The following clips were posted by Marylanders for Marriage Equality, which is calling on the Maryland Family Alliance to distance itself from the comments.

The Maryland Family Alliance is engaged in a fierce political battle to defeat question 6 on Maryland's ballot.  The question would sanction same-sex marriage in Maryland.

Inflamed passions have included comments from  Prince George's County Police Captain Irene Huskens who hopes to marry her partner in Maryland.  Huskens sent an email blast to pro-question 6 donors saying "this type of offensive behavior will not fly in Maryland." 

Maryland Family Alliance Executive Director Derek McCoy issued a written statement saying: " Any attempt to imply that Dr. Anderson's reading of scripture was a call to harm gays and lesbians is false and serves as a distraction of the real issues of this campaign."

McCoy says his group is committed to the dignity and respect of all people but  that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman.

SEE THE UNEDITED TOWN HALL MEETING HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSXuoc0Cd-A

http://youtu.be/6dIvPZuEQC0
http://youtu.be/6dIvPZuEQC0

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