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Governor Martin O'Malley to Speak Out on Gay Marriage and Catholic Church

 

       BALTIMORE (AP) - Weeks after signing same-sex marriage into law,Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley will address a conference on Catholicism and gay rights.

     O'Malley, a Roman Catholic, is expected to speak about efforts in Maryland to provide equal protection under the law at New Ways Ministry's conference in Baltimore on Friday.

     The Mount Rainier-based group supported the same-sex marriage legislation, which now faces a referendum drive challenge. Baltimore's Catholic archbishop issued a statement this week noting that the group does not speak for the church.

     Other speakers at the three-day conference include former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, retired Australian Bishop Geoffery Robinson and Barbara Johnson, a lesbian denied Communion at her mother's funeral.

 

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.