The Marc Steiner Show

February 14, 2011 – Hour 2

A measure has recently been proposed to the Maryland State House to make same-sex unions legal. If accepted, Maryland will become sixth state to approve same-sex marriage.


Our guests are Elbridge James, director of the Maryland Black Family Alliance, Jamie Raskin, Maryland State Senator and Professor of Constitutional Law at American University, and Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. Mr. Steiner,

    I sent the following to Peter Sprigg after reading his Op-Ed piece in the Baltimore Sun. He has yet to respond.  Of course, he made similar arguments on your show and wasn’t pinned there either:



    Mr. Sprigg,

    You wrote:

    Does Maryland need children? Do children need a mom and a dad? The answer to both questions is: “Yes.”

    You then go on to say that the legalization of same-sex marriage by the Maryland Legislature would be declaring that the answer to both of the questions is “No.”

    Given that I’m a mathematician, I might be overly sensitive to the construction of logical arguments. However, I think that anyone with even a modicum of appreciation for rigorous discourse would have to wonder at this chain of reasoning.  Will heterosexual couples stop marrying and having children as a result of the proposed legislation? If such legislation had been in place when I was courting, I’m quite sure that this would not have had any more bearing on my march to matrimony than the price of tea in China. It certainly would have had no impact on the progression to giving birth to our child. Are you saying that our case is not the norm for heterosexual couples? Are you claiming that the legislation you oppose would somehow slow the birth rate among heterosexuals?

    I don’t support your stance. However, even those who do share your position were likely disappointed by the way you tried to wrap up your argument.

    Mel Currie


    If I had called into your show, I would have repeated the same thing. You certainly should not treat your guests the way Joe Pyne treated his, but somehow a show such as yours should find a way to make the guest wrestle with his own foolishness.

    Mel Currie

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