November 3, 2012
What is on the ballot this year is a question that has been crafted with the intention of assuring that religious institutions and religious people are not required to participate in same-gender weddings that offend their consciences. In fact, pastors and priests always have the right not to marry couples for any reason...This question seems to me to involve a basic matter of fairness I believe that our ELCA social statement on human sexuality allows for principled voting both for and against this question. I believe that positions we have taken in our synod place us squarely in support of Question 6. I personally support this question.

Lutherans have come out to support marriage equality in Minnesota, Maryland, Maine, and Washington. The following is a quote from Richard Graham, Bishop of the Metro DC Synod, which includes parts of Maryland.