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04/02/2012

Churches as campaign HQs -- MD edition

by Jeremy Hooper

The so-called Maryland Marriage Alliance has listed the places around the state where one can go to pick up petitions against civil marriage equality. Notice the one thing that connects them all:

Petition Distribution Centers in Maryland

Below are a list of the distribution sites around the state where you can go to obtain more petitions. Please call the site before visiting.

Calvary Baptist Church ALLEGANY COUNTY
14513 McMullen Hwy
Cresaptown, MD 21502
(Joe Shipley: 301-729-0325)

Maryland Catholic Conference ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
10 Francis Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-269-1155

Maryland Marriage Alliance ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
[Living Hope Church]
7484 Candlewood Road
Hanover, MD 21076
410-858-4030

Greater Harvest Baptist Church BALTIMORE CITY
1617 West Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
(410) 945-2287

Colonial Baptist Church BALTIMORE COUNTY
9411 Liberty Road
Randallstown Md 21133
Church: 410 655 1080

Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries BALTIMORE CITY
6000 Radecke Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21206
(410) 325-3080

Manna Bible Christian Church BALTIMORE CITY
3043 West Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
(443) 802 2446

Rising Sun Baptist Church BALTIMORE COUNTY
2211 St. Luke’s Lane
Woodlawn, MD 21207
410-944-4470
Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm

Quinn Chapel AME Church FREDERICK COUNTY
106 East 3rd Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-663-9540

Oak Grove Baptist Church HARFORD COUNTY
2106 Churchville Rd
Bel Air, MD 21015-4908
410.838.9898 (phone)

Prince Georges’ Baptist Association PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY
6318 Princess Garden Parkway
Lanham, MD 20706
301-731-4199

First Baptist Church of Calvert County
Route 4 and German Chapel Road
Prince Frederick, MD
410-535-1669 ST MARY’S, CHARLES, CALVERT COUNTIES
Distribution Sites [MD Marriage Alliance]

See it? No, it's not that all the locations feature central air conditioning. No, it's not that all the petition places are built upon historical burial grounds. No, it's not that each of the twelve stops are also sites where one can pick up his or her Girl Scout Cookie shipment.

The actual connective tissue? Well, each and every petition pickup place is a faith-based operation, natch. Just as we've seen in most every state where these kinds of wars are waged against certain citizens' *CIVIL* rights, the Maryland Marriage Alliance is using a 100% church-steered drive towards repealing the state legislature's fair-minded action. Nakedly and proudly, they are using a religious view of marriage -- an optional component that no local activist is trying to stop or alter for anyone, pro-equality or not -- to stop same-sex couples from enjoying the shared civil component.

It continues to shock me that so few Americans care about this, one of the most dangerously consistent components of the "protect marriage" fight.

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