O'Malley Clashed With Archbishop Over Gay Marriage

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011  |  Updated 10:46 AM EDT
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O'Malley Clashed With Church Over Gay Marriage

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Letters released by Gov. Martin O'Malley's office show that he and the archbishop of Baltimore were at odds over a same-sex marriage bill.

The letters released Monday reveal that two days before O'Malley announced plans to sponsor a same-sex marriage bill, Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of Baltimore urged that he reconsider the move. O'Brien said in a July 20 letter that sponsoring the bill would "deeply conflict" with O'Malley's Catholic faith.

The Washington Post reports O'Malley responded, saying ``when shortcomings in our laws bring about a result that is unjust, I have a public obligation to try to change that injustice.''

A same-sex marriage bill cleared the state Senate this year but was pulled from the House floor after vote-counters determined they were a few votes short of a majority.

You can read the letters at Gov. O'Malley's website here.

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