The Carroll County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Feb. 7-14 as “Marriage Week.” The proclamation, as written by the board, highlights the benefits of a loving marriage on society and on children. In discussing the proclamation, the Commissioners also talked about Senate Bill 241—the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which they said would eliminate the current definition of marriage as between one man and one woman and instead would allow the marriage of any two individuals.
Reacting to the proclamation, June Horner, a straight ally and a leader in the Westminster-Carroll County Chapter of PFLAG, said she was “shocked and offended” at the wording.
“That first paragraph of the proclamation makes clear that the worthy goals to which the commissioners supposedly aspire are meant exclusively for one man and one woman couples,” Horner said. “Their intention to exclude a minority segment of our county’s population based on their own personal religious views is reprehensible and tremendously offensive.”