Maryland legislators are considering a range of bills intended to strengthen, describe and redefine the institution of marriage. Some seek to expand the institution by conferring benefits to same-sex couples. Others would strengthen opposite-sex marriage through so-called “covenants.” We look at different proposals, and explore the role of government and religious institutions in the American family.


  • Andrew A. Green Opinion Editor, The Baltimore Sun
  • Jamin Raskin Member, Maryland State Senate (D- Dist. 20 Montgomery County); and Professor of Law, American University's Washington College of Law
  • Janet Greenip Maryland State Senator (R-Dist. 33, Anne Arundel County)
  • Robert Lerman Senior Fellow, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute; Professor of Economics, American University

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