They have the governor's backing and a rewritten bill, but advocates of
legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland have made little progress in
quieting the concerns of many faith leaders who adamantly oppose the
"Society should protect and strengthen marriage and not undermine it,"
said the Rev. Derek McCoy, who heads the Maryland Marriage Alliance, a
new coalition aimed at stopping the measure. "There are many Marylanders
who believe marriage should be defined as between one woman and one
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