I am a practicing Catholic who supports and will vote for Question 6 and Marriage Equality in Maryland. It is my Catholic faith and understanding of Catholic social teaching that demands it.

Catholic social teaching says the person is not only sacred but also social. Marriage is social. Catholic social teaching calls for dignity and says that in a healthy community every person has a fundamental right to the things required for human decency.

Forbidding civil marriage to a particular group takes away that dignity for the couple and their children.

Virginia Bartlett Rugemer, Baltimore