Mormon bigots already gearing up to repeal Maryland’s marriage law

We figured the Mormon leadership was working to kill the marriage law in Maryland. Now, we’ve got evidence. The Mormons took the lead role in repealing California’s marriage law through Prop. 8. Now, they’re gearing up to do the same thing in Maryland if the marriage law passes.

From, which touts itself as “Latter-day Saints Shaping Their World,” comes the evidence that the Mormons are backing the effort to repeal Maryland’s marriage law, if it passes:

Family Leader Maryland is looking for volunteers to help collect signatures for a referendum if the same-sex marriage bill passes the Maryland Legislature. The bill passed the Maryland Senate by a slim 25-21 vote on February 25th and is pending a vote in the House. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has encouraged the House to pass the bill and has promised to sign it into law.

The state attorney general’s office says the referendum effort would require 55,737 valid signatures to put the law on hold and bring it to the people of Maryland in the November 2012 election. At least one-third of the signatures would have to be submitted by May 31, 2011 to the state Board of Elections and the remaining two-thirds by June 30, 2011. Getting a referendum on the ballot demands far more signatures than required because opponents of the referendum will mount a serious legal effort to disqualify as many signatures as possible.

Yep, the Mormons are flaunting their homophobia again. The final line of the appeal is classic:

We need to be ready with an army of signature gatherers now!

First, we need to pass the marriage law in the House of Delegates this week. If you live in Maryland or have friends or family in Maryland, make sure they’re calling. Equality Maryland makes it easy.

Then, we’re going to be up against NOM, the Catholic Church and Mormon leaders — again. They keep wanting to take our rights away. Not this time. It’s pretty clear that the Mormons are prepared to take an out front role in this campaign.

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