Supporters of same-sex marriage in Maryland rallied at the University of Maryland Monday after a weekend of protests from the pulpit.
Question 6 on Maryland’s ballot would allow same-sex marriage in the state.
"Every person should be treated fairly and equally under the law,” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said at Monday’s rally. “That's what it means to be an American, isn't it?"
He urged students to make history by voting for Question 6.
"This will be an historic vote because never before has a state -- at the polls -- affirmed civil marriage equality for all the people of that state," he said.
"There's no reason why we should limit the rights of other people,” UMD student government representative Kiese Hansen said. “I have friends who are in the gay and lesbian community, and I want them to have the same rights as I do."
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), quoted the Declaration of Independence, saying the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right.
"This is not a question of religion,” he said. “It's a question of the principles of the United States treating all people equally."
The Rev. Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton says Question 6 is about civil rights.
"It allows religious institutions to define marriage according to their rights and beliefs and yet extends equal treatment under the law to gays and lesbians in our state," he said.
But across Maryland, there are many pastors who have been preaching to vote no on Question 6, saying same-sex marriage is a sin.
"It's against the word of God,” Pleasant Rock Baptist Church Pastor Timothy Loftin said. “God made man and woman, and they're supposed to multiply. Two men cannot multiply; neither can two women.”
He added that he believes children should have a mother and a father rather than two mothers or two fathers.
“Proper sexual behavior is within the context of marriage,” Manna Bible Baptist Church Pastor David Gaines. “One man one woman for life."