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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:04 PM

Maryland Question 6 Advocates' Alliance With 2 Baptist Pastors Helped Build Broad Support


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.

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