The full listing of the petition to challenge the Civil Marriage Protection Act is now public record. You may find the signatures of friends, family or colleagues on this petition. You may wonder how they are willing to vote to deny you rights, to dismiss your full being in society and still consider you friend, family or colleague. It can feel like a kick in the gut, or a wave of dread that things are not as they seem. You may feel the shock of realization that you are not as safe as you had thought, nor as seen as you had hoped.
The work of transformation — which is what we are doing in our advocacy — is neither smooth, nor logical. There are levels of acceptance, degrees of courage and a varied willingness to understand. But know this: you are held in a vast network of advocates who recognize your beauty, who see your mutual worth, and who know that equality is vital to us all. You are held. You are not alone. God be with you. —Rev. Lisa Ward, Maryland Faith For Equality & UULM-MD