Maryland Celebrates 2013 With Legal Gay Marriage Nuptials

Same-sex couples in Maryland were greeted with cheers and noisemakers held over from New Year's Eve parties, as gay marriage became legal in the first state south of the...
Darcia Anthony, left, and her partner, Danielle Williams, chat before participating in a marriage ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.


“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:27

BALTIMORE — Same-sex couples in Maryland were greeted with cheers and noisemakers held over from New Year’s Eve parties, as gay marriage became legal in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line on New Year’s Day.


Darcia Anthony, left, and her partner, Danielle Williams, chat before participating in a marriage ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

James Scales, 68, was married to William Tasker, 60, on Tuesday shortly after midnight by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake inside City Hall. “It’s just so hard to believe it’s happening,” Scales said shortly before marrying his partner of 35 years.

Six other same-sex couples also were being married at City Hall. Ceremonies were taking place in other parts of the state as well. The ceremonies follow a legislative fight that pitted Gov. Martin O’Malley against leaders of his Catholic faith. Voters in the state, founded by Catholics in the 17th century, sealed the change by approving a November ballot question.

“There is no human institution more sacred than that of the one that you are about to form,” Rawlings-Blake said during the brief ceremony. “True marriage, true marriage, is the dearest of all earthly relationships.”

Brigitte Ronnett, who also was married, said she hopes one day to see full federal recognition of same-sex marriage. Maryland, Maine and Washington state were the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, in November, a development Ronnett said was significant.

I think it’s a great sign when you see that popular opinion is now in favor of this,” said Ronnett, 51, who married Lisa Walther, 51, at City Hall. source – NY Daily News


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  • Aside from gay being everything against God and his creation and logically not being according to the natural order of things from a plain common sense perspective. Women in general are not aware of their roles.

    Here are the roles of woman according to the word of God (bible).

    Just sharing the word of God.

  • How precious this photo is soon upon there judgement this gleam in there eyes will change into hating each other forever and ever

  • If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:13

    Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. Romans 1: 24, 25, 26, 27.

    The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: forall that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 22:5.

    Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner,giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 7

    Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. 1 Corinthians 6: 9.

    Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine. 1 Timothy 1:9,10.

    And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast,and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Lev 20: 15, 16.

    Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Leviticus 18: 22, 23.

  • Does anyone else notice in same sex couples one resembles a man and the other a woman regardless of the sex? (Check out the photo above) BTW – I’m there with you on scriptures Raymond!

  • I just got a photo Christmas card from a family member last night and it made me sick….even though I already knew about it. Just to see this family member all lovey, dovey with his partner who was resting his head on my family member’s shoulder….they looked oh so happy!
    And you’re right Pat, it was obvious which one was supposed to be the “girl”…. that really was upsetting, to actually see it.
    ALSO, what is so upsetting is that my family member professes to be a Christian!!
    I think God has truly given him over to a reprobate mind…because you will know true Christians by their fruits. That is a rotten fruit they are bearing.
    And I am not trying to judge, because none of us are perfect, but I always have an uneasy bad feeling when I know that I have done something or said something wrong, I don’t try to justify my wrongs…but it’s obvious that he doesn’t have any shame anymore about his lifestyle.
    I watched the twilight zone last night, and I just thought this is so appropriate….WE ARE LIVING IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Everything is distorted and backwards.
    Thanks for listening.

    • I don’t believe they can actually bear any fruit. At least not naturally. We must pray for them.

  • ”It’s just so hard to believe it’s happening,” Scales said….
    Even THEY seem to be amazed at the tolerance & complacency of the American people. Must feel like kids in a candy store, huh?

    How sad. I pray that their hearts of stone be softened, that they let God into their hearts, that they no longer walk in willful disobedience, that they not arrogantly lift up their abhorrent behavior as normal vs the abomination sin is, that they not continue to fulfill the lust of their flesh, that they be led out of the darkness and into light, that they come to know the one true living God, that they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior. Amen.

    2COR6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

    Embrace now the offer of mercy & grace.

  • Two (man and women) shall be made as one in Holy Matrimony.
    Same sex marriages are unholy and an abomination.
    Marriage is of our Heavenly Father.
    How can he lead His lost children to His Son Jesus Christ when they have became an abomination (Father does not look upon them) unto Him?
    I pray first for the leaders of our Christian Nation to see their perversions and filthy ways and begin living and thinking the way our Heavenly Fathers requires them to do.
    In most same sex marriages there is a female figure and a male figure and no marriage takes place, only a coupling of two lost souls.

    Peace be unto you


  • I am living this nightmare in my own life. I have only two brothers. One is gay and in a long term relationship. The other brother and his wife have a gay daughter. The entire family (brother-wife-nieces-nephews) all hang around together on family vacations-holidays ect …myself and my grown Christian children are shunned from all functions. Recently my sons wife suffered a miscarriage and we were all devestated. My brothers comment? “Well your family has that whole God thing to fall back on” There is a total disconnect in the family.

    • Miscarriages are and have been common since women have been giving birth. Its actually quite a frequent thing. I will help you pray for your family Love my Savior. Don’t ever stop asking for the Lords help.

      Matthew 19:26
      But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

      Luke 1:37
      For nothing will be impossible with God.”

      Matthew 17:20
      He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

      Luke 18:27
      But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

      Mark 11:24
      Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

      Matthew 18:20
      For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

      Armed with this Love My Savior, let us pray together and have strong faith in doing so.

    • I here what your saying…watching your family chose a path that is against Gods will it difficult. It is even more difficult to be shunned by your own family for your faith. However, it is said in the last days these things will happen. Stay strong in Jesus.

  • “I think it’s a great sign when you see that popular opinion is now in favor of this” said Ronett……Is this the same popular opinion that kicked God out of schools ?the legal system,that legalised abortion..murder,legalised drugs,legalised prostitution,legalised pornography?……Popular opinion without the desire to seek Gods word first is a recipe for disaster and should be avoided like the plague it is……I have not spoken in secret,from somewhere in a land of darkness,I have not said to Jacobs descendants,Seek me in vain.I the lord,speak the truth,I declare what is right……Isa..45.19……………God decides what is right, not popular opinion……And I will pray that people of popular opinion seek Gods word first……..God bless Israel..!

  • My husband and I were watching the evening news and they ran this story about gay marriage. The news anchors were just giddy and so excited over it! After the story they said “That is so touching, good news for so many gay people who have been supressed and not allowed the right to marry like everyone else” REALLY?
    What is wrong is right, right is wrong.

    • You know what is interesting. This is what happened in the times of Sodom and Gomorrah it is also what happened in the times of Noah. The bible says this about the last days or times of the end:

      Matthew 24:37
      As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

      It is not so much about the gays as it is about recognizing of God as the creator. Not that being gay is correct but what I am saying is the message of Noah’s times and Sodom and Gomorrah’s times is once people take on these actions they are no longer recognizing God as the creator. Once people publicly condone these actions that is when God sends judgement.

      Does God explain why you were born free or slave, blessed or un-blessed. I believe so. In Exodus 20:1-17 the ten commandments are listed. But interestingly in there, particularly Exodus chapter 20 verse 5 is says this:

      Exodus 20:5-6
      5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

      More Info here :

      So clearly if you were born free you are blessed. Now what are these people doing not only to themselves but generations of their children or loved ones by blaspheming God and not recognizing him as creator.

  • Jesus speaking of he last days or times of the end.

    Matthew 24:14
    And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

    According to the statistics from Wycliffe International , the Society of Gideons, and the International Bible Society, then number of new Bibles that are sold, given away, or otherwise distributed in the United States is about 168,000 a day!! It has been translated in over 6,000 different languages. The Bible is the oldest actual book known to man, some parts of it dating back to around 3,500 B.C. It was the first book printed on a printing press.

    The Bible says that after Cain killed Abel he went to an area that later was known as Babylon. Babylon later became known as modern day Iraq! Abraham is the first person in the Bible to be called a Hebrew. He was called out of “Ur of the Chaldees” the modern day nation of Iraq!

    The Bible declares in the Book of Revelation – Chapter 9, that when the 6th Trumpet blows – a huge multi-national war will be fought with devastating consequences. The Bible says that war will take place along the Euphrates River. Which runs right through the modern day nation of Iraq!

    The Book of Genesis describes the location of the Garden of Eden to be in about the same location as modern day Iraq!

  • Thank you for your kind words and encouragement NewYork. It is hard to see your family fractured in these crucial last days. The line seems to be predominantly more clear too. My husband and grown children just keep them in our prayers.

  • I will you can guarantee it. I have no doubt that Jesus will help you in this matter!

    Once I was talking to a lady and she said nothing was going right in her life. She explained that she didn’t have enough money for the things that she wanted or wanted to do. She didn’t like her job among many other simple little things. I call them simple little things cause in God’s eyes none of that stuff is important. He tells us many times in the bible that he will provide for us and that you need not worry. An example of this is:

    Matthew 6:26
    Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?

    What this passage is saying is basically God feeds the birds and they do not go out and sow or reap or gather. You are more important to him then the birds why is it that you worry about these things. Ultimately he is telling you that with faith he will provide you with what you need, not what you want but what you need and you need not worry.

    To continue this lady just wasn’t happy. I asked her if she prayed? She looked at me funny like and I said humor me. Do you pray? She said yes. I said what do you pray for? She laughed and said to win the lottery. I said how often do you thank him for what he has given you compared to everything you asked him for. She though about it and realized that she hasn’t thanked him in a long long time.

    I then explained to her that God will provide for her what she needs not what she wants and then compared her situation in life with that of the world which we are greatly sheltered from outside of these United States. Here we really don’t worry about when our next meal will be or where we will sleep. Even people out of work have little worry of these things. I asked her does she buy coffee before work? She said yes. I asked her does she go to the movies or rent a dvd’s? All the time she said. I asked her why, does she enjoy these things? She said yes. I said you have a job that gives you money to provide you with these luxuries and all you ask God for is more. She gained a different perspective on her situation. I said from now on when you pray start by thanking him for everything he has given you. Being thankful not only changes your own attitude about your situation but it opens you up to God in a much more pleasing way. Then I told her to pray for someone a lot less fortunate then her and see if he doesn’t smile down on her a little more.

    I also explained to her that prayers are rarely if at all answered instantly or the way she expects. The Lord has his own way with time and how he goes about answering prayers. You have to be acutely alert to be aware that they have been answered some times. Sometimes there are many reasons even you can’t grasp as to why the answer was no.

    But the Lord knows what is in your best interest at all times. For example with money. With money comes great power, and great responsibility, it is also a target of extreme corruption. Some people when they get money they get crazy like something comes over them. This has great negative effects on them and others (others is the responsibility part that comes with the power of money). The responsibility part means your not just effecting your soul now but others. So the answer may very well be no sometimes. Above of all you have to have faith that God will take care of what you bring to him. If you do this with extreme faith, he says it will be done. Here is where he says it:

    Mark 11:24
    Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

    Matthew 18:20
    For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

    So gather together with a few people in Jesus Christs name and know that he is there listening and HE WILL answer your prayers. Thanks be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Amen!

  • the peace maker

    Aint no sunshine when He’s gone

  • New York…each morning before work I read the scriptures. I just got done reading James 4&5. I prayed for clear understanding of what I would be reading first (something you had previously advised when I had said I struggled with Revelations) I got the strong message to keep faithful in prayer and gratitude. Then I opened up my kindle to read NTEB and read your post. God is always at work. 🙂

    • 🙂 have a great day at work. Say your prayers and do not worry. Just know that you will be taken care of and your prayers were heard.

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