Marriage Board, Photo Cause Stir at Polling Place

A photo of the first couple on a board about a marriage seminar appeared to some Annapolis voters as subtle electioneering against same-sex marriage.

Election judges at an Annapolis polling place removed a photo that appeared to imply that President Barack Obama advocated against same-sex marriage on Tuesday.

The picture, which appeared to be of the president and first lady Michelle Obama on their wedding day, was stapled to a bulletin board about "the art of marriage" that gets "to the heart of God's design."

Maryland voters will decide Question 6 on Tuesday—a yes vote would keep a law passed in February legalizing same-sex marriages.

Obama endorsed Maryland's law in October—five months after he came out in support of gay marriage generally, according to The Huffington Post.

The bulletin board does not mention same-sex marriage or the referendum. It advertises those who have participated in six video sessions about marriage.

"The Election Board had a bipartisan discussion, and they said the board could stay, but we had to remove the picture," said Roger Cantrell, an election judge at the Holy Temple Church of God International.

Cantrell said several voters also complained that the bulletin board itself seemed to be subtle electioneering against Question 6. He said election officials from Anne Arundel County told him they decided it did not rise to a level that they found troubling.

"They're a church," Cantrell said. "They weren't trying to sway the vote."

David Clow disagreed. He tweeted an image of the sign while he waited to vote, saying "'Subtle' marriage campaigning at the polls here in Annapolis. I call BS."

The church's director of public relations did not respond to Patch's request for comment.

Election officials in Philadelphia ordered that a mural of Obama be covered up after receiving complaints on Tuesday as well, according to the Wall Street Journal.

What do you think? Was the church trying to send a message?


See Also:

  • Click here to view an image of the Obamas on their wedding day that resembles the image removed from the bulletin board.
Lisa Williams Sears November 07, 2012 at 12:15 AM
it IS a church building. doesnt surprise me that they take a position on marriage. get over it.
Sharon November 07, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I voted there this morning and did not think it was anything other than a program they had for their members. They also had a table about helping the poor so is that sending a message? People are so ridiculous!
D.W. November 07, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I had to vote in that church today and I didn't like being there. I don't believe in God, so why should I be forced to cast my vote in his house? Voting should be removed from churches.
Mark James November 07, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Next tiime offer them your house to vote in, if you don't like God's house.
D.W. November 07, 2012 at 03:40 PM
This makes little sense, Mark James, just like most Jesus freaks.
Lisa Williams Sears November 07, 2012 at 06:46 PM
our founding father's built this country you live in, on Christian prinicle. hence, American currancy says, "in GOD we trust". D.W-it seems you think it is cute, and you enjoy the attention (even if it is negative) you derive from making such comments. i never thought of myself as a "Jesus freak". but, that works for me. it beats that childish talk from you.
D.W. November 08, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Actually, our founding fathers (plural so no apostrophe) adopted the phrase "E pluribus unum" as our country's (singular possessive, hence the apostrophe) motto which loosely translates to "Out of many, one" or "One from many". This obviously has nothing to do with religion, but has to do with the colonies and states merging into a single nation. "In God We Trust" didn't replace this motto until 1956, long after our founding fathers were dead.
Lisa Williams Sears November 08, 2012 at 09:29 PM
man o man! i am always suspicious when somebody interrupts a conversation, by correcting grammar or spelling. obviously, you knew what i said. you keep responding. i am not going to spend another minute on this topic with you. go cry to someone else about your hatred and black soul. i am afraid of ppl like you.
D.W. November 08, 2012 at 10:36 PM
We were never having a conversation, Lisa. Earlier in this thread I stated how uncomfortable I felt being forced to cast my vote for topics like gay marriage inside of a church and my opinion that voting should not be conducted in churches because I don't support the oppression that churches stand for. You felt it necessary to respond to my post, for reasons I'm not quite sure of. I can only assume you did so to force your religious beliefs upon me. Just like I would expect from an admitted "Jesus Freak". Finally, I have little respect for your opinion given your grammar, spelling, and historical inaccuracies.
Lisa Williams Sears November 09, 2012 at 03:42 AM
poor, misunderstood, D.W. nobody is as smart as him. everyone is inferior to him. he fears Jesus is looking down his back, while he cast his vote, supporting gay marriage. poor poor paranoid D.W. lol......
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D.W. November 09, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I did vote for gay marriage. I don't wish to oppress anyone because they don't believe in the same things that I do.
Lisa Williams Sears November 09, 2012 at 04:25 PM
i had a feeling this was all about gay marriage, creep.
D.W. November 09, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Now you resort to playground name calling? Typical religous fanatic who can't support her position without being childish. Just so you know, I'm not gay, I just support someone's freedom of choice. Just like I support your choice to believe in something that doesn't exist.
Lisa Williams Sears November 10, 2012 at 05:32 AM
poor poor D.W. he sounds so insecure. he suffers a inferiority complex. he is ashamed to even use his real name. poor D.W. good news for D.W. his new friend Lisa will keep him in her prayers. have a nice wkend, D.W. try to lighten up a bit. you are sounding little grumpy.
D.W. November 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Pray for yourself, Lisa, you sound insane.


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