The Maryland Marriage Alliance is a grassroots, non-partisan, interfaith coalition dedicated to preserving the traditional definition of marriage in Maryland law.
To that end, the Muslim community in Maryland has joined with the Orthodox Jewish community, the Catholic community and the great majority of the Christian Churches in Maryland to uphold marriage as the union between a man and a woman.
In the present session of the Maryland General Assembly, they have passed a bill and the Governor has signed it which redefines marriage or eliminates it altogether. This new, redefined version of marriage in Maryland as a genderless institution would be the only legally recognized definition of marriage in Maryland.
We as Muslims are taught that if we see a wrong we must do what we can to correct it. In this instance, we can do something to stop this assault on marriage. The Maryland Marriage Alliance must get 57,000 signatures of Maryland registered voters by May 31st, 2012 to make sure Maryland citizens have a chance to vote down the law during the 2012 elections.
The Alliance has County coordinators in each County within the state, as well as Team Leaders and Circulatrrs. I am a Team Leader working with the Muslim Community. The goal of the Alliance is to get 150,000.00 signatures because the Governor and those who support him will do all they can to disqualify as many signatures as possible. Islamic Society of Baltimore has had two days of petition signing coordinated by Sister Ayanna Miranda. Dar-Us-Salaam in College Park has had one Friday signing also. Petitions have been sent to the Hagerstown Masjid and the Frederick Muslim Community. The Gwynn Oak Muslim Community has also had a petition signing drive. I am in the process of contacting as many Muslim Communities as possible to find Circulators to insure that the petitions reach the Muslims and that they are filled out correctly. You can also have a petition mailed to you by contacting www.marylandmarriagealliance.com
If you are not registered to vote, visit www.mdelections.umd.edu and you can register to vote online. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443 - 200-4747. We, in the Muslim Community must do our part . By getting these 57,000 signatures this issue will be put on the ballot in November for the people to decide whether they want to change the definition on marriage. Please sign the petition and register to vote as soon as possible.