The Baltimore Sun | By Annie Linskey
Posted: 11/10/2012 6:17 pm EST Updated: 11/12/2012 8:31 am EST
The two Baptist pastors didn't know a soul at Gov. Martin O'Malley's big breakfast for supporters of his same-sex marriage bill back in January.
Neither had ever been in a room with so many openly gay people.
"It was a different moment," said the Rev. Donte Hickman Sr., pastor of Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore. He had attended the breakfast in Annapolis with a colleague, the Rev. Delman Coates, who leads a megachurch in Prince George's County.
They listened. Observed. And at the news conference that followed, stood to the side.