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Who signed the Md. anti-gay marriage petition?

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Maryland same-sex marriage petition signature concentration, gay news, Washington Blade

An anonymous reader created this interactive map of which neighborhoods/precincts signing was most prevalent, and which neighborhoods people said ‘no’ to canvassers. (Screen shot, click to go to interactive map)

The names of some 110,000 Maryland residents who signed a petition to force the state’s new marriage equality law onto the November ballot are now publicly available online.

The Washington Blade obtained a database of the names from the Maryland Board of Elections and posted the names here. The list is searchable and includes names, addresses and whether the signature was deemed valid. Click the link below to access the searchable database. (Note: After clicking the link, allow a few moments for the file to load; a search box will appear on the far right side of your screen.)

Civil Marriage Petition Signers July 12 2012

Petition signers, gay marriage, gay news, Maryland, Washington Blade

Petition signers, front page of database. Click to go to the Scribd file.

To search within, click on the document to be taken to the full site and use the search box on the right side of the screen.








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  1. Richard Skolasky

    July 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this valuable information. I have searched for signers that live in my neighborhood. I found 5 houses out of 300 that signed. While I am pleased that the list didn’t include more of my neighbors, I am confused how to proceed. Should I introduce myself to these people so that they can meet a happily married gay couple? Should I send them a card? Should I just ignore their bigotry as I walk through the neighborhood with my husband? Any suggestions on useful strategies?

    • gerryfisher

      July 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Invite them to coffee so that you can talk about your families. I like the idea of a card, but talking in-person is fine. At the beginning of the conversation do a LOT of active listening; let them have the floor. Listen and try to understand. Gradually move the conversation from “marriage” to “family.” When given the opportunity, share a two-minute (brief!), personal, moving story about why marriage equality matters and helps you and/or your family. Don’t try to “close” them or “win them over” to vote with us right away. Invite them to get together again soon to talk some more.

      We are rolling out a one-hour talk that we can give at house parties or small groups that help people to understand how to compose these two-minute stories and how to have these conversations. If you’re interested, contact [email protected] or call 410-949-7888. (We’re also looking for people with COUNSELING or WORKSHOP DELIVERY experience to give these talks. If anyone wants to go through a “train the trainer” session–it’s brief and easy–then give me a call as well.)

      If they’d be willing to talk to you, conversations about “love, commitment, and family” are worth having.

    • Mark Szabo

      July 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      I would politely talk to them. Introduce yourself. Don’t just talk to them though. Talk to your neighbors that didn’t sign. Find out where they stand on the issue. Those are the folks that you really need to know how they will vote come November.

    • Dominick J. Di Noto

      July 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Richard I would go over to their house and introduce yourselves to these neighbors, BUT please be prepared. Here’s something you can print out and bring for starters.

      It will no doubt come as a surprise to all of you that the entire Book of Leviticus is a set of rules putting into place proper behaviour when one man decides to court another man. When I first read the Book of Leviticus on my own, with no “help” from a teacher as it were, it was terribly confusing because on the one hand the Book of Leviticus chapter, 12, verse 18 seems to condemn when two men “play house together. After consulting reliable Jewish sources on the entire Book of Leviticus and especially that verse already mentioned, the entire meaning of this contentious book has got another totally different meaning than the one we are most accustomed to which is supposed to be as follows “No man shall lay with another man as with a woman.” This supposed translation and interpretation is wrong. This verse so often quoted, misquoted and incorrectly rendered should read in the proper meaning of the expressions used as follows: “No man shall rape another man. This is abomination in the eyes of the Lord.”

      I could go on to a detailed rendering from the original Hebrew but it would only serve to confuse those who are so hellbent on keeping that travesty of a translation alive. In ancient Judaism which is what we are talking about when the bible quotes are used, there was absolutely NO injunction regarding consentual male-male sex. We need only look at the story of Jonathan, king Saul’s son and heir to throne of Israel and that of the future king, King David. In the passages in the Book of Genesis, approximately chapters 48 et al., it tells of Jonathan’s love for the young David, how Jonathan took David to live in his own home where Jonathan gave him his cloak, (which is an expression that may imply that Jonathan gave David protection from other enemies, but they did live together, not a normal or acceptable activity in their day). The story continues to described how Jonathan thought of David as “his own soul”. This expression goes directly to the Jewish concept of the “soul-mate,” the “sacred other,” the very concept of “besheret,” meant-to-be. And when Jonathan was killed in battle, David put on sack-cloth, and spread ashes on himself for mourning the lose of this warrior-lover, and David is quoted as saying that the lose of Jonathan was one of his greatest loses and bemoaning, “Jonathan’s love for me was greater than any that I have had, even that of a woman.” In Jewish tradition, there is no injunction against consentual male-male love, as long as the prime commandment to procreate is also observed. But to live a celibate life alone for a Jewish man or woman, this was abomination in the eyes of the Lord. This is true even today

    • SUB

      July 28, 2012 at 6:39 am


      • BJ Foster

        July 31, 2012 at 7:58 am

        I have to wonder what your are doing on the Washington Blade which in case you didn’t notice is America’s leading “GAY’ News. You must be curious huh?

    • marge

      August 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      how about you all go to church together and pray you all get your heads together then take your loved ones into the secrecy of your own bedroom and make love not expect the catholic church to condone your actions. what you do in your own bedroom is your own business. Are you all so perverted with your actions that you expect everyone to agree and/or condone? Your not going to get it. Actually we don’t want to know what you do.. Its a sick establishment that things if we don’t agree we’re the screwed up ones and if we do agree who cares. Freedom of speech like this perverted editor claims comes with consequences.. enjoy your self and what you do is your own frkng business. I’ll enjoy my freedom of speech and sign every petition i want and don’t worry about the actions taken by others. The cruelty of people always comes back to haunt you. Leave normal people alone who believe in traditional marriage and stop treading on our toes. God made us the way we were but somewhere along the lines he didn’t mean for all to disclose certain things meant to be private.Hope the blade is ready for lawsuits while we put together more petitions .. Did you all sign the Dream act petition so it will go to the polls instead of allowing our elected officials to decide for us? Petitions work whether you agree or not. That is the voice of all the people not just a few corrupt ones who feast on all groups for their support of $$ and votes..

      • Catalina Amanigh

        September 5, 2012 at 5:03 am

        Just as you would like not to know what goes on in my bedroom (I trust this rings true for straight couples as well, or do you have an interest in those, but not in gay ones?), I want no knowledge of what goes on in yours. Please, do not confuse the Catholic Church as being the governing body of our fair state, it is not. I know this is a common misconception among the devout in our society today, but they truly are not one. See, the Catholic Church has no bearing on my life, short of how it’s taught you to oppress me and mine, and others like my family. The Government, however, has a duty to protect the equal rights of every citizen for as long as they shall live inside its jurisdiction. This is, in fact, what they have done in standing up to the oppression that has plagued us for so long, and continues to do so to this day. The fact that you believe your religion to trump that of any other person speaks volumes to how insecure you are in your faith. Were you truly pious, you would realize that it is not yours to shun our kind, nor to condemn our actions, or protest our happiness. You would realize also, that there is no harm in our actions, and that in fact, your church has caused more trauma, more strife, anguish, pain, suffering, and death than any other organization in the history of civilization. When you can atone for those sins, bring back the millions of lives lost at the hands of the church, and live life in a manner as your Christ, we can talk, for as soon as you do so, you will have become aware that we are not abominations, we are not wicked people, we are not an affront to your God, we are people just as you are, who wish to have gratifying, peaceful lives, to have families, or not, to marry who we choose, or choose not to, to make the world better, or not, just as you may choose, and to live our lives in happiness and contentment, just as we wish you would choose to do.

        For what it’s worth, I love you, Marge, as my neighbor in this world we share. I only hope you can find the peace and joy the Church left you bereft of for all these years before it is too late.


    • Richard Head

      March 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks for sharing Richard, I too want to search my neighborhood, and identify all the homophobes and have a “love-in” in front of their house, kissing my boyfriend in front of their kids to show them anal sex between to adult men is ok! Shame on everyone for not allowing our kind of love
      – Richard

  2. Jon Larimore

    July 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    It would be interesting to re-sort that database by town, then generate a graphic map showing the most apparently homophobic towns in Maryland.

    • Cara

      July 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

      It’s tedious, but the only way to do that is download the file in Excel and make a column of zip codes, then sort. I find it really amusing how many households signed up together but I guess this isn’t unique. I wonder how many of these people 1) exist 2) are children 3) are pets.

    • Johnny Mcnery

      July 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      If you click on the interactive map – then click the PINK colored tab at the bottom of the screen that says 2160-718, it will only show you PINK colored tabs. The pink means that 718-2160 people signed the petition in that town. Apparantly Bishopsville, MD is the worst, far bottom right of screen.

    • James

      August 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      It would/will be more interesting when reports start to come in that some gays had their lil pansy asses whipped by going door to door and having the nerve to question someone on THEIR right to THEIR view on what is and isn’t acceptable for marriage.
      Granted, the lib media will label it homo bashing, which in a way, it will be, but it won’t be because they play for the other team, but because they need to mind THEIR own business.
      This is typical of the left wing stinkos, as we see how pathetic MOM is ruining Maryland and how thesse types will label every opponent of Obama as a racist.
      Get over it, if one doesn’t approve of it, accept, move on.
      As we all know, all a couple needs is equal rights, not a marriage cert.
      You are an ass, period.
      Oh, I don’t hate gays, I hate people.

  3. Avery Greene

    July 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    This is a horrible lead-in that explains the petition. It should state that these people WANT to repeal the marriage equality law. Simply referring to it and stating it’s on the ballot, doesn’t explain WHY it’s on the ballot. Just a thought editors!

  4. Jeff

    July 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    God, I am tired of this crap. While I support marriage equality, I am sick of political interests trying to shame people. For one thing, it NEVER brings about a change of heart. For another, it lowers the bar of civility in political discourse. Are we too stupid to see that politicians and the media are doing everything in their power to set us at each other’s throats? And we, dutiful puppets that we are, merrily oblige. Well good, then. We deserve what we get.

    • Billy

      July 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Jeff, From the looks of above replies, it doesn’t look like people are trying to shame their neighbors, but rather to talk to them and get to know them with hopes that they just MIGHT change their minds.

    • B

      July 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Equality is a one-sided argument. Hate and bigotry are fighting a losing battle. They are inherently wrong. This is absolute. It is not a matter of opinion. Human rights win, hate loses. If one’s opinion is anti-gay, their views and often the religion that has molded them are both hateful and both on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of reality.

      That said, while I think it’s good that these signers cannot hide cowardly behind their hate, lists like this, especially with addresses published, to me could really be considered dangerous, because no matter how much I detest their views, I do not wish harm upon them, and having names and addresses (associated with a controversial view) sure is a way to provide an easier route for that to happen.

  5. Tom Lang

    July 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm was the first to publish names of signers of anti-gay ballot initiatives online, back in 2005. Because of our announcement to do the same in Washington State, it led to SCOTUS and the lgbt’s as well as open government’s win with Doe v Reed, protecting the transparency of knowing who signs ballot initiatives. KnowThyNeighbor was met with harsh criticism back in 2005 from our own MassEquality, HRC members and similarly in Washington State etc. I am glad to see the Washington Blade has the courage to post the names of Maryland signers and though one would think this is a no-brainer, you need to be commended.

    To LGBT and allies, look to signers in Maryland and you will find friends and family members, people you employ and owners of establishments you patronize. Now and in the years to come, you will find also, politicians running for office who may or may not have a good enough answer as to why he or she signed this initiative to take away rights. And know…once you see names your recognize…your true work begins.

    Tom Lang
    Director of

    • Lisa Polyak

      July 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Completely agree with the sentiments Tom shares. The ballot referendum is a public process and everything about it should be open to public scrutiny. The Washington Blade has done a service to the lgbt community of Maryland by investigating and publishing this information. LGBT orgs can and should use this information to ask for accountability from public officials (both present & future), community leaders, as well as business that benefit from patronage by lgbt citizens.

    • Willy Braxton

      July 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Tom. It is a real wake up call when you find people on the list who you think are your “friends” . Now I have to figure out how to better explain how this marriage law hurts gay families to my friends before the vote in November.

    • MJ

      August 15, 2012 at 12:30 am

      Haha, yes, that’s just what the nazis did, circulate petitions.

  6. Daniel Malloy

    July 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This constant equating of being against same sex marriage as being bigoted against gays is political correctness gone amuck. Many of these people may be in favor of civil unions or ways of equalizing tax laws, but are opposed to changing the definition of marriage as it has existed forever. Now trying to intimidate these people by publishing their addresses is a tactic worthy of the Nazis.

    • Richard Skolasky

      July 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Daniel, while I agree that there can be instances of political correctness run amuck, I do not agree with you that being against marriage equality is not a bigoted mindset. Opposing the extension of equal civil rights to a minority group is a hallmark of bigotry.

      • Lisa Boucher

        July 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        You don’t seem to understand the meaning of the term. Bigotry is extreme intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself. I see bigotry on both sides of this debate every day.

        You presume that the idea of “same-sex marriage” is a “civil right”. But it’s not — for a variety of very good reasons concerning procreation, child rearing, and the chameleon-like nature of sexual orientation.

        You presume that anyone who disagrees with your apparent ignorance of those very good reasons must be bigoted. I think that’s quite ironic.

    • Matty

      July 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      The current institute of marriage is a very poor reflection of the institutions of the past. Please do not claim the current system has been in place forever. Changes have been put in place before, and there is an obvious need for change now.

    • Michael Barber

      July 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Sorry but people don’t get married when a father trades his daughter for two cows any longer. Straight people redifined marriage in the Victorian age by making it about two adults in a love relationship. Stop lying about marriage.

    • Erik

      July 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

      You don’t have the right to legislate anonymously.

    • Billy

      July 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      As they say, when you need to play the Nazi card you’ve already lost the argument.

    • Mary Smith

      July 27, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Tradition marriage? Having several concubines, marrying your brother’s widow, marrying your slaves. I can’t wait to marry my husband’s brother! Great times!

    • Ginger Haycox

      July 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Do you honestly believe that? I do not! I am a firm believer in having the courage to stand behind your convictions. If you sign a list saying you feel a certain way then you should also have the courage to stand by & defend that belief when confronted with it. Otherwise it’s called ‘being sneaky’.

      This isn’t a political thing, this isn’t a hate thing, this is a civil rights thing. And marriage is *only* defined as a union of male & female by religion, not by law. Or should be.

      I’m very straight. I’ve been married since what seems like the stone age. But I think that people who want to betrothe their love to one another (& reap all the benefits of that union like the rest of us) should be allowed to do that without religion telling them they can’t!
      Blame the correct thing for what’s at issue here please?

    • Joel

      July 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Oh puhleeeeeze. Conservatives have been using that stupid “traditional” marriage line for far too long. If you’re stupid enough to repeat it, let me educate you on this:

      The term “traditional” has been thrown around mindlessly as if it adds something special to the word it precedes. Traditionally, slavery was legal and women were discriminated against. And, you could argue that if there ever was a definition of marriage, it certainly included polygamy.

  7. mia

    July 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I’m sorry, but this is NOT [EXPLETIVE REMOVED] cool. It doesn’t [EXPLETIVE REMOVED] matter if these people signed an anti-gay petition or whatever, they do not deserve to have their names and addresses posted online! It makes me sick to think that people with whom I share a fight are sinking to such low tactics as threat. That is NOT how we will win. You don’t do things like this, I don’t care if they signed a petition to have gays thrown in [EXPLETIVE REMOVED] jail. This is wrong. These people have families and now a bunch of thugs are going to be bothering them? This is not a victory. Its something to be ashamed of.

    • Michael Barber

      July 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Sorry, sir. But hiding your prejudice behind a ballot box curtain doesn’t work any longer. If you have the courage to vote away my rights, stand up for it in public like a man and take your criticisms like a man as well.

    • Michael

      July 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

      It’s a public petition to get something on a ballot — these people shouldn’t be ashamed of their viewpoint. If I stake out a position and make significant effort to achieve a goal (especially a goal that affects groups of people not like me), I’d never be so cowardly as to not stand by what I’ve done. If these people don’t have courage in their convictions, then they maybe shouldn’t sign petitions. And if they can’t stand up and face the people whose rights they’re infringing upon, then again, maybe they shouldn’t sign petitions. These people have done nothing to deserve anonymity — far from it actually.

    • Erik

      July 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Signing a petition to put legislation on the ballot is an act of direct legislating. In our system of government, we legislate in public. Votes taken in the state legislature by our elected representatives are recorded and posted online. This follows the same precedent.

      In 2010, an 8-1 ruling by the Supreme Court affirmed this basic fact. You do not have the right to legislate anonymously. If you sign a petition to place legislation on the ballot, your signature is public record.

    • John

      July 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Gays are now thugs? This is a time to find out who you know on the list and educate them on the issue. I know people on this list and I will go to them and talk to them about why my rights matter. It starts a conversation and nothing is going to change if you don’t have the conversation. Look at – which is run by the Post Office. I can take any of their names and find their address – I don’t need it posted on here. All of this is public information so if the so called “thugs” want to get their hands on it they can – but for us that want to start conversations with people this is a great resource.

    • Joel

      July 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Welcome to democracy A*****E! If you hate your neighbors at least embrace the hatred that makes you the bigot that you are.

  8. Willy Braxton

    July 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I found the name of my next door neighbor. I am shocked. I talk to them all the time. I even wear a “legalize gay” t-shirt when washing my car. I guess I have to educate them more. Thanks for posting this list.

  9. Jessica

    July 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

    This list is ridiculous and shouldn’t include street addresses. I learned that our well-respected high school principal is on the list – does that raise doubts in how equally she treats students? I hope not. Although I didn’t sign this petition, I think being able to participate in the legislative process is better than leaving it up to Annapolis. Now we’ll know whether this is something Maryland wants. I’m sure it will be. We’ve come a long way.

    • Billy

      July 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      “This list is ridiculous and shouldn’t include street addresses. I learned that our well-respected high school principal is on the list…
      Not sure what you’re saying here. Would you prefer to NOT KNOW the principal is anti-equality?? I gotta agree with those who say laws should be made in full public view and not hidden. Especially when
      said law seeks to diminish the civil rights of a minority.

      • Globby

        July 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm

        Anti-equality and Anti-gay marriage are two different things.

        • B.BarNavi

          July 27, 2012 at 2:05 am

          I don’t see a bloody difference. When you say one group has certain rights and another group does not, that is the quintessence of inequality.

        • Catalina Amanigh

          September 5, 2012 at 5:14 am

          I gotta tell you, I feel pretty well infringed upon every time someone endangers my family with the threat of nullifying my marriage. You think this is just about a piece of paper? If my marriage were invalidated, I would run the risk of all my assets being given to my homophobic asshole parents than to my loving wife and her child should I die whilst living unwed. When has that threat EVER been a concern for a straight married couple? Anti-equality is anti-equality is anti-equality.

    • vanndean

      July 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Jessica, if the principal of the high school that my child attended was on the list of signers, it would raise questions in my mind as to her ability to educate children in the constitutional principles of the United States. Failure to support “equal treatment” of all citizens would most certainly be called into question by a willingness to deny “equal treatment” to any group of citizens. At the very least, it would indicate a need for vigilance on the part of parents as to what constitutional principles are being taught to the children that will be guiding this nation in the future.

  10. Kevin Brennan

    July 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

    One of the addresses – however, is my neighbor – but the name doesn’t match the address!!!??? Should we be concerned? Is this list valid?

    • Debbie

      July 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      MD real property search–
      already checked my lone neighbor that signed

    • Matt

      July 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      True. A number of signatures are invalid. The signature verification process accounts for this. Nevertheless, the number of signatures is well in excess of the minimum. Invalid signatures do not constitute a significant fraction of them, unfortunately.

  11. Charles

    July 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    mia July 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    “I’m sorry, but this is NOT [EXPLETIVE REMOVED] cool. It doesn’t [EXPLETIVE REMOVED] matter if these people signed an anti-gay petition or whatever, they do not deserve to have their names and addresses posted online! It makes me sick to think that people with whom I share a fight are sinking to such low tactics as threat. That is NOT how we will win. You don’t do things like this, I don’t care if they signed a petition to have gays thrown in [EXPLETIVE REMOVED] jail. This is wrong. These people have families and now a bunch of thugs are going to be bothering them? This is not a victory. Its something to be ashamed of.”

    The laws of transparency are the laws of this land. They are to insure that unscrupulous measures are never done in the dark shadows of secrecy. It’s to insure that dictators, power mongers and the like, never take unwitting advantage of The People. Go ahead and remove this safeguard and wait and see what happens. This would be a very slippery slope indeed. As far as the names listed, it should be used as an opportunity to show them that LGBT’s are real normal people with real lives to live. Meeting them face to face and then realize that LGBT’s are not the boogieman they believed them to be after all.

    • Joel

      July 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Welcome to democracy A*****E! If you hate your neighbors at least embrace the hatred that makes you the bigot that you are.

  12. anon-md

    July 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    • MR

      July 31, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Thanks so much for this. Is there a map for the rest of MD? I am unable to download the list on the website.

  13. Bob Hill

    July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Marriage is a union between a MAN and a WOMAN. And that is what God’s says.
    Do these people think they are better than God?

    • Debbie

      July 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      please tell me the chapter and verse for your comment. Thank You

    • Mary Smith

      July 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Separation of church and state kiddo.

    • Hateful God

      July 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      God must be an awful thing, then.

    • Flying Spaghetti Monster

      July 29, 2012 at 1:27 am

      The bible also says that divorce is not allowed. And yet no one seems to care about getting divorced at all anymore. even the ministers get divorced. Double standard much?

    • Joel

      July 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Well thank you for defining that. I suppose you are God or at least his mouthpiece? And, I also suppose this country is now a theocracy where your interpretation of the scripture you choose to follow is what the rest of us have to follow irregardless of our own religious beliefs?

      No..this is a democracy where we all have the freedom to believe what we will. And, when it comes to two consenting adults choosing to care for each other for life, you can happily remove yourself and your neanderthal religious beliefs from our lives!

  14. Tim

    July 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I signed the petition, but I’m not in the database. Can you please update the database? I would like to see my name in there.

    • Dennis Velco

      July 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Bet you think “Biblical Marriage” is like today.

    • Catalina Amanigh

      September 5, 2012 at 5:19 am

      Could you please post your address so that the list can be properly updated? We need to verify you live in Maryland to add you, plus, it would look really awkward and imbalanced to have all that empty space in the address field.


  15. Chris Savage

    July 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks for the list. It’s good to know who smiles at your face and then plots against you.

  16. B.BarNavi

    July 27, 2012 at 2:02 am


    My rage can only be expressed in my other native language.

    Oh hey look, the frummie neighborhoods produce the most anti-equality signatures. Another reason to GTFO of my current place?

  17. Debbie

    July 27, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Duplicate signature found what can we do about it?

  18. Charles

    July 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Bob Hill July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    “Marriage is a union between a MAN and a WOMAN. And that is what God’s says.
    Do these people think they are better than God?”

    Don’t you actually mean “better than us strait folks”? It’s this “us” versus “them” mentality that is at the core of man made fundamentalism. It is this type fundamentalism that has historically caused mankind’s greatest bloodshed throughout all of history. Up to and including the bloodshed of Jesus the Christ Himself. Fundamentalism REQIRES dedicated mindless and devout people. Ready and willing to go to religious war at a moment’s notice. In this the actual God given gifts of thinking and reasoning are forbidden. The fact that there is a part in Genisis that states “It is not good for man to be alone”. The fact that the vast majority of people have this instinct of not wanting to be alone and thus marriage has and always will, fulfill this void. The fact that a rather small minority of these same people are inherently born with absolutely an positively no natural desire or “heat” for the opposite sex And with the abscense of this option for companionship, these are left with no one to bond with on a societal level. No foundation to help them bring to an end, this searching for love through the promiscuity they have always been accused of. And finally the relgious based suppressed fact (a lie through omission of this fact) that all of the US marriage equality laws specifically separate themselves from imposing any requirments on any religions or religious beliefs. With this the separation of Church and State remains well established.

  19. Eri

    July 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I am having trouble getting access to the site that has the list of names. Maybe because of the high traffic. Does anybody know of another website or way to see this list?

    • wanda

      July 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      putting this list out for the public to see is the stupidest idea ever! now all the gay ppl are posting about how to confront these ppl who signed the petition. they’re wanting to change their minds! so dumb! how would the gay ppl like it if those against marriage between gay ppl tried to change their minds about being gay? the only things that can come from this are bad ones. look how many gay folks jumped on this by wanting to accost these ppl because their beliefs are different from theirs. doesn’t everyone realize that it is everyone’s rights to believe as they wish without persecution from others? the names and addresses of these folks should have never been posted. as soon as one of these people’s houses has beeen egged stoned or burned by some crazed pissed off gay guy maybe y’all will believe me!
      and b4 you all come back and say that i said gay ppl are crazy don’t forget some nut just shot and killed a bunch of innocent civilions in colorado. surely you don’t thiink that all crazy ppl are “not” gay do you?

      • Chris

        August 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        First, You might make your point a little better if you knew how to punctuate and capitalize properly.
        Second, This list is public information and anyone that signed the petition should have been aware of that. Don’t want your information sharred, then don’t sign. And I do not think anyone said anything about “accosting” people. They were talking about having a civil disscussion with their friends and neighbors, which leads me to my third point. You absolutely have every right to believe in whatever and whoever you want. BUT…Don’t impose YOUR beliefs on ME! We DO NOT live in a theocracy and the majority should NEVER be voting on the rights of a minority.

  20. JC

    July 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    To all you “God says” nuts: can’t you even think? The Constitution is our governing document, not your Bible (which has been used to support slavery, stoning people, Flat Earth astronomy, etc. by the way). CITY HALL grants marriage licenses, not your church. You are using religion as an excuse for your prejudice. That’s disgusting. And yeah, you are entitled to know if your neighbors support equality, or not. Absolutely.

    • Ginger Haycox

      July 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

      I think too many have been brainwashed to understand that….sad isn’t it?

    • BaltMan

      August 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Great, somebody else who doesn’t know what the Bible says.

  21. SJE

    July 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I have been trying to download this all week, and its not working. Any suggestion?

  22. John

    July 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    A better question might be, “How many of the signatures were collected on church property?” which I believe makes the signature invalid since signatures must be collected on public property to be valid. I’m sure with the Catholic archbishop’s promise to get the referendum on the ballot, I’m sure they were working the church parking lots pretty heavily.

    • Annabelle

      August 30, 2012 at 1:26 am

      A lot were collected at polling places, mostly schools and churches. Some people did not even know what they were signing or that their signatures would be made publicly available.

  23. rob

    July 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    All of these bigoted scumbags should be forced to wear a scarlet “B” for bigotry so they can’t hide amongst decent people.

    • Shane

      August 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      I will be happy to wear a big B for the Bible ( the word of GOD)

    • hitlerwasaheadofhistime

      August 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Well said, Rob! Hitler had the right methods, just the wrong targets.

    • melbourne

      August 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

      So the people who take their pleasure in unnatural and unhealthy sexual acts are now the “decent” people? And those who adhere to morality, propriety and human biology are big bad B “bigots!” How very tolerant.

      • Catalina Amanigh

        September 5, 2012 at 5:25 am

        So you’ve never eaten a can of soup, or a cheeseburger at McDonald’s, walked out in the sun with no sunblock, or painstakingly avoided being near a running gas engine? Yet somehow, my having sex with a woman is unhealthy and unnatural enough to put it in a different category of “Screw you, God will destroy you for doing that thing that makes you happy, now excuse me while I go pork my wife in the asshole!” No, you’re just an ill informed, under-educated, bible thumping false prophet. Jesus would be ashamed of you if he were alive today.

  24. Horatio

    July 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    [The laws of transparency are the laws of this land. ]

    Actually, the secret ballot is the law of the land. This isn’t a ballot, but anonymity has a long and noble history in politics.

    This is really not a good thing to do. Addresses? You’re opening people up to harassment and threats. They can now be VISITED by angry people. No, I wouldn’t do that. You wouldn’t do that. But this list may be seen by millions, some imbalanced. This is like those nutjobs who published the addresses of abortion doctors.

    • James

      July 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      I agree with you. It just isn’t a wise move for anyone involved.

    • Charles

      August 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

      If what your saying is true, then why arn’t the ones responsible for the release of the list held legally accountable? Answer: You KNOW the answer.

  25. James

    July 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I didn’t sign the petition even though I probably differ from many of you politically as I am right leaning (practically libertarian, republican), but publishing people who signed it does bother me. I think we need to encourage people to be part of the democratic process and posting their information sets them up for their rights to be violated, and let’s be honest we are all suppose to be supporting equal rights for all and not targeting individuals who disagree with us or we are NO better.

    I was going to actively campaign to try to convert over whoever I could to support this but honestly after this I have to rethink it all. The message this sends out is…hate, not what we are all suppose to be behind. Come on people!

    • Alister

      July 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      So, you are worried about the people who are trying to discriminate against gay people having their rights violated? These are people who are ACTIVELY trying to violate the civil rights of others! It is shocking that these people want to be able to keep gays from equal rights — and do so all under the cover of secrecy. Signing a petition is not the same as casting a ballot. For any number of reasons, petitions are open to public scrutiny and it should remain that way.

  26. Joeallan

    August 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Apparently they feel more right than GOD. Funny that they feel the rest of us have no say into the legal process. I wonder if some A** Hole law was put on the books without a vote that said all gays Must leave the state of MD, I wonder if they would desire a vote be taken.

  27. CJ

    August 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I like this list because I can SEE who the bigots are amongst my family, neighbors, and friends. This is NOT different than when they publish lists of campaign donors: Petitions at the Board of Elections are PUBLIC INFORMATION. The days of being an “anonymous” bigot are OVER. It also is good to release this with many people finding out that some of the names and addresses don’t MATCH, meaning many of the signatures are INVALID.

    • melbourne

      August 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

      You want to SEE a “bigot”? Post YOUR name and address on the web and maybe you’ll get your chance real up close and personal…

      Call me a homophone, cause “gay” is a neologism for sodomphile.

      • Catalina Amanigh

        September 5, 2012 at 5:29 am

        A homophone? Does that mean you’re a device for communicating with homosexuals? Because I could sure use a full time translator to get my gayspeak to be understood by all the breeders at work. Your services could prove invaluable to the gay and lesbian community! Keep up the good work!

    • randy

      September 3, 2012 at 3:45 am

      So who are you to say what a bigot is you self righteous, sanctimonious individual. You can’t even see that what you espouse is the same as jews made to wear yellow stars in Germany so the powers to be could demonstrate the righteousness of their point of view. The point of freedom is to respect other peoples points of view not demonize them even if you disagree with them. Don’t be surprised if your tactics blow up in your face.

  28. Jim

    August 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    can’t seem to load either…any tips?

  29. Sherry

    August 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    It’s so funny to me that I’m supposed to be accepting of the gay marriages and the love they share. You want me to believe that it’s okay for you to continually shove all this down our throats. I don’t care what you do in your home I believe marriage is defined as a man and woman. Yes I disagree, yes I have an opinion and I am a Christian. I have gay friends and treat them as I do the rest of my friends I just don’t agree with gay marriage. The outcry and negativity thrown to everyone who doesn’t agree with gay marriage is unbelievable. I see such negative comments hoping the owners of Chick Fil- a die of Cancer (Roseanne), the condeming of me for my beliefs yet I’m supposed to accept yours? You have your beliefs I have mine I don’t believe any less of you for yours so leave mine alone!

    • Atheist

      August 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      No one gives a damn about your idiotic religion. No one cares that you revere a man who lied to his son so he could slit his throat for Gawd. Stop shoving it down people’s throats, and get your life in order.

    • Catalina Amanigh

      September 5, 2012 at 5:33 am

      Obviously you believe us incapable of having a successful family life. You don’t treat your gay friends the same as your straight friends. You deny them the right to marry the ones they love. I hope you come to your senses about this. You claim to have gay friends, but what you do is no better than if you had a black friend and still advocated slavery, or a woman friend and advocate for her to not be allowed to vote. Your hypocrisy has blinded you. Wake up and see what you are, change it for the better, or drop the charade and admit you think us inferior.

  30. John

    August 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Found my name and the names of many friends. Looks like I am in good company.
    I say, “Let’s vote.”

  31. Gilbert Nims

    August 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    This list signifies why our country is the greatest on the face of the planet. We don’t have a bunch of out of touch old men deciding what is right. Thus, on election day, go out and vote your conscience. If your beliefs are shared by the majority, then you will be free to exercise your right to “marriage” and if not, you might want to seek a civil union. Just because someone signs a petition does not mean they are exhibiting hate or bigotry, they are simply making a choice based on their belief. Exercise your beliefs by voting not complaining!

  32. Charles

    August 4, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Gilbert Nims August 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    “This list signifies why our country is the greatest on the face of the planet. We don’t have a bunch of out of touch old men deciding what is right. Thus, on election day, go out and vote your conscience. If your beliefs are shared by the majority, then you will be free to exercise your right to “marriage” and if not, you might want to seek a civil union. Just because someone signs a petition does not mean they are exhibiting hate or bigotry, they are simply making a choice based on their belief. Exercise your beliefs by voting not complaining!”

    Well said Gilbert Nims

  33. Bill Ryan

    August 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I am not sure how this so-called ‘transparency’ equates to a better society. Should we also overturn the court’s decision to keep employees anonymous during union membership votes? Perhaps, those who think the unions are bad can be ‘educated’ out in the parking lot after work? I am sure they just need ‘some talking to’ and they will see the error of their ways!! This is insane and the first step toward removing the private citizen from the their inherit right to have a voice in government. Elected officials should expect no right to privacy as they are public servants to the people. However, violating a person’s privacy by releasing their names from a petition is just a move toward mandated thought police coming to our homes for re-education. How about the next time a petition on taxes circulates we release those names and ask the IRS to provide each one opposed to taxes an audit of their tax filings? I am free to have my own opinions, thoughts, and feelings on any subject I so choose without sharing them with the rest of the public. This is absolutely shameful and insidious.

  34. They Must Pay!

    August 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

    These people will pay for attempting to deny my most basic right of love! Suffering is the watch word of the day.

    • Really?

      August 15, 2012 at 12:03 am

      So… you believe people should suffer for exercising their 1st Amendmendment right to free speech? It’s hypocrits like you that doom your causes from being taken seriously by those with differing opinions. How can you have civil discourse about an issue when people on your side revert to threatening, intimidation, and general nastiness right out of the gate?

      While I personally wouldn’t have signed this, and I have no problem at all with a state changing their legal definition of marriage if it’s what the majority of their voters agree on, I have family and friends on both sides of the issue, and in this case, some who now have their names and addresses listed. It’s hate filled people like you that make me now worry for their safety since this list was posted.

      Way to champion your cause in a respectable manner, douche.

  35. And this is Tolerance??

    August 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

    This is alarming. I’m amazed at the audacity of publicly posting the names of people online who simply disagree with the definition of marriage, and who prefer to keep it as it is. Perhaps someone can explain how it’s “tolerant?” Evidently Tolerance (as an ideology) can only be labeled such when conservatives cave in to liberals. In this post-Modern society when all beliefs are supposed to be esteemed equal, why is your belief better than other peoples’ beliefs–so much better in fact, that you can label someone a “hater” and post their name publicly for harassment. (And yes, people’s homes have been visited and them harassed!) It’s bigoted, it’s hateful and it’s reprehensible. As a community, you have made yourselves look despicable. Congratulations.

    • Nathan Smith

      August 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      People who only see / understand one side of an issue, who cast a matter of personal choice in the exagerated frame work of “civil rights”, are a danger to democracy. It is not at all surprising they seek out those in opposition to their point of view (like those who murder doctors as a “solution” to abortion) in order to “change their minds”. Why, after reaching an opinion, should anyone be subjected to their neighbor’s haranguing opposition ? In America, until recently, we agreed to disagree. We compromised. We changed slowly over time. This support of homosexual marriage, in spite of real resistance, is not reason enough for the current crop of activists to take pause. One man writes:

      “Thank you so much for posting this valuable information. I have searched for signers that live in my neighborhood. I found 5 houses out of 300 that signed. While I am pleased that the list didn’t include more of my neighbors, I am confused how to proceed. Should I introduce myself to these people so that they can meet a happily married gay couple? Should I send them a card? Should I just ignore their bigotry as I walk through the neighborhood with my husband? Any suggestions on useful strategies ?”

      Do what is polite and respectful of your neighbor. Did he or she come to your home and tell you about his troubles or joys in life ? Why not let the system work ? Why feel the need to “do something” ? Hopefully wiser heads will prevail and tolerance will answer the rush to change society for a minority solely on the basis of their desire. Shame on Washington Blade for encouraging this destructive thinking.

    • James

      August 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Ty, and well said.
      Typical double standard with the libs and media. Do what you want!

  36. DonKool

    August 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    This is not an “anti-gay” petition. It is merely a petition to put the matter before the public instead of having the democrat dominated, leftist legislature ram it down our throats.

    If the redefinition of marriage is something that you support, come out and vote for it. If you feel that the current definition of marriage that has existed for thousands of years should stay the same, come out and vote for that. Let the chips fall where they may.

    Currently any gay person can get married anytime they want. They are just a very small, very vocal minority who want special rights.

  37. Annabelle

    August 30, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Please, take this down. This is wrong. You are exposing these people and their family to danger by publishing both their names and their addresses. Regardless of what they or you believe, you are leaving them defenseless against groups who will use this information to harass, threaten and stalk them. This is not the way to change people’s mind. This is cyber-bullying. It does not encourage discussion but represses debate. The signing of the petition did not necessarily mean they want to repeal civil marriage, just that they want to have a debate about it. Some might not even know they are signing a petition to potentially end civil marriage. Or that their names and addresses will end up being ogled by, potentially, millions of people. Regardless, it is wrong, careless and disrespectful of you to violate their safety by publicly advertising their addresses, inviting harm to these signatuers and their family.

    • Annabelle

      August 30, 2012 at 1:23 am

      In view of the recent shootings, this is even more dangerous. This is about safety, not personal beliefs or ideas. Please, before it gets out of hand.

  38. Nikk

    September 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    A neighbor of mine signed the petition, and now a lesbian in my town has been harassing him endlessly. To all the gays looking for a way to attack the petition signers for their beliefs, who is really the minority here? Here in Maryland, liberal legislators and all their corrupt cronies are constantly shoving their philosophies down everyone’s throats, and bullying anyone who dares to disagree. Yes, these people disagree with gay marriage. No it is NOT bigotry, but rather respect for the definition of marriage. And no, you do not have the right to marriage. No one does!

    • Catalina Amanigh

      September 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

      If not bigotry, what is it? “Oh, I disagree with free negros! I’m not racist though, just expressing my right to free speech!” PEOPLE GET HURT BY THIS KIND OF RAMPANT HATE. This isn’t a benign issue, people’s ways of life are at stake here. Voting against Question 6 WILL have a detrimental effect on hundreds of thousands of Marylanders! How can you be so blind to that fact? How would you feel if I told you I voted to take away your right to marry the one you love? I bet you would feel hurt, oppressed, distraught, confused, and a whole host of other things. That’s what we in the gay and lesbian community deal with all the time. I can’t understand why anyone would think that my wife and our children can’t be a happy, loving family, but right here are 110,000 people who feel exactly that, not because we have some history of being horrid mothers, or running from lover to lover, cheating, philandering, getting in fights, having our neighbors call the cops, but because we’re both FEMALE!? REALLY!? That’s NOT bigotry? How? Maybe you’d rather call it what it is: Blind, stupid, unadulterated hatred of equality.

    • Willy Braxton

      September 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      How exactly is she harassing him? The lesbian in your town has a right to free speech that you cannot take away.

  39. Charity

    September 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Why would you post this? Everyone has the right to voice their opinions and vote on civil and political issues without having their privacy violated. This is a blatant disregard for human rights. Ironic, considering what this movement is fighting for. This list has no business being online for all to see.

  40. Sarah

    October 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    What’s the big deal? homosexuals are constantly bleating about “polls” that show support for their cause. Why are you afraid to put it to an actual vote?

  41. John Braden

    April 6, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I did not sign this petition. However, that being said I, like many other people, have no problem with gay men and women be joined but to call it a marriage flies in the face on the holy sacrament of the church which is the origin of the word "marriage". I also do not believe that the government should be involved in marriage at all since marriage is religious sacrament. Judges should perform civil unions regardless of whether the couple is a gay couple or a man and women and those unions should be recognized by everyone including the government. This would ensure that gay couple enjoy the same privileges as heterosexual couples. Marriage was created and defined by the church and it is not within the government's purview to define the meaning of marriage because of the required separation between church and state. It's up to the church as to whether they accept the union because the government should hold no power over the church, again the separation between church and state and freedom of religion. If this becomes the path I think that many people that now oppose gay marriage will change their minds and hearts. It is just using the word marriage that triggers disagreements among most conservatives. Get rid of that word and resistance will reduce dramatically. Just putting it out there, right, wrong, it does not matter because it is what it is. By the way, I would not be intimidated if my name was on this list. I would just be angry and it would make me want to ensure you never received what you are fighting for, simply on the principle of the thing. Big mistake publishing this list on your part.

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Comings & Goings

Umana named associate with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol



Wolfgang Umana (Photo courtesy of Umana)

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at: [email protected]

Congratulations to Wolfgang Umana on being named an associate with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). He has been with them for more than five years and is currently its D.C. studio’s office manager. 

“I am honored to become GGN’s newest Associate,” Umana said.I have the glorious privilege of supporting GGN’s continuing dedication to progress, inclusion, social justice, sustainability, and beautification of the world we live in.”

Umana also works with NBR Computer Consulting as an LLC Computer Technician consultant. He has experience in social media, communications, outreach, and technical services, and provides a dynamic approach to the fast-changing world of technology. NBR Computer Consulting, LLC is a gay-owned business. 

Umana has also served as D.C. Army National Guard Director of Environmental Affairs and with EMS Consultation Services. 

He has his bachelor’s in Environmental Science & Public Policy, Human and Ecosystem Response to Climate Change, from George Mason University. 

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Capital Pride bids for D.C. to host World Pride 2025

International event draws thousands of visitors



Confetti rained down in New York’s Times Square at Stonewall 50 WorldPride New York’s closing ceremony two years ago. D.C. organizers hope to host the event in 2025. (Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)

The Capital Pride Alliance, the group that organizes D.C.’s annual LGBTQ Pride events, announced on Sept. 21 that it has submitted a bid to host 2025 World Pride, the international Pride event that draws thousands of participants from throughout the world to the host city.

The announcement by Capital Pride says its bid to host the event in D.C. notes that the event, among other things, would commemorate the 50th anniversary of D.C.’s first LGBTQ Pride event in 1975, which began as a block party near Dupont Circle.

World Pride is licensed and administered by the international LGBTQ organization InterPride. The World Pride events themselves, which usually take place every other year, are organized by InterPride’s member organizations such as Capital Pride Alliance.

The Capital Pride announcement notes that World Pride “promotes visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) issues on a global level.” The announcement adds, “World Pride events include parades, marches, festivals and other cultural activities often enjoyed at Pride celebrations, along with other components such as a human rights conference and large-scale opening and closing ceremonies.”

The InterPride website says the deadline for submitting a bid for the 2025 World Pride has passed. It says D.C.’s Capital Pride and Kaohsiung Pride, located in the large Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung, are the only two remaining cities in competition for hosting the 2025 World Pride.

Ryan Bos, Capital Pride’s executive director, said InterPride was expected to make its decision on which of the two cities to select sometime in November of this year.

“A recent study conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton revealed that the annual Capital Pride Celebrations, during normal years, result in approximately $371 million in positive economic impacts to the region, a number that may be doubled if the organization is awarded the prestigious event,” the Capital Pride statement says.

The 2021 World Pride took place earlier this year in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 2019 World Pride was held in New York City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall riots, which many activists consider the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

InterPride says the 2023 World Pride will take place in Sydney, Australia.

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Va. county supervisors back resolution against ‘required’ pronoun questions

Unanimous vote in Stafford County allows school defunding



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The Stafford County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that gives it the authority to deny funds to schools that require students to give their pronouns and teach the 1619 Project and critical race theory.

The resolution denounces “the teaching of the 1619 Project and critical race theory (CRT) and related principles in Stafford County Public Schools,” and states the board does not support Stafford County Public School students “being required to identify their chosen pronouns.”

The approved document had been updated to change “requested” to give pronouns to “required.”

Republican Supervisor Gary Snellings told the board he brought the resolution forward, which passed by a 6-0 vote margin, in response to communication from parents. One supervisor was not present.

Snellings called critical race theory “racism.” He also called the New York Times’ 1619 Project published on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to the Virginia colony a “theory.”

Critical race theory is not taught in Virginia public schools, but a state law passed in 2020 requires local school boards to adopt policies that are more inclusive for transgender and non-binary students that follow, or exceed, guidelines from the state’s Department of Education.

Snellings said the problem with preferred pronouns was in requiring students to give them. He said that was not in the governing Virginia law.

“This (resolution) does not eliminate anything. It just follows state law,” Snellings said.

A Virginia court in July dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Department of Education’s guidelines for trans and non-binary students. Equality Virginia and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia were parties to the amicus brief in support of the protections.

“We are deeply disappointed that these adults made such a hateful decision for kids in the community,” tweeted the ACLU of Virginia in response to the board’s vote.

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