WASHINGTON - On Nov. 6, voters will weigh in on critical issues facing regional states, including the Virginia government's right to seize private property and the issues of gay marriage, tuition for undocumented immigrants and expanded gambling in Maryland.
WTOP has compiled additional information on some of these topics. Take a moment to learn a bit more about what will be on the ballot this fall.
Maryland Statewide Ballot
Question 6: Civil Marriage Protection Act
This law allows gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, as long as they are not otherwise prohibited from getting married.
It protects clergy from performing a ceremony that is in conflict with their religious beliefs.
It states that every religious faith has "exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith."
It protects religious organizations and related groups from providing goods, services or benefits to someone regarding the "celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs."
How it will appear on the ballot:
- For the Referred Law
- Against the Referred Law
"Establishes that Maryland's civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs."
- Gay marriage forces seek 1st win at polls
- WTOP Beltway Poll: Md. supports gay marriage, divided on gambling
- Delegate, Raven clash over same-sex marriage
For more information, visit the Maryland State Board of Elections website.
Follow WTOP on Twitter.
(Copyright 2012 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)
A new gadget will let you know how active your dog is. (Video)
Kim Kardashian gives birth to first child a few weeks early.
The U. of Oregon is cracking down on jumbo seat cushions.
A 19-year-old decides to catch a ride on a whale shark. (Video)