African-Americans could be the key voting block when voters go to the polls to decide on the same sex-marriage issue in Maryland.
Earlier this year President Obama and the NAACP came out in support of same sex marriage; the issue will appear as "Question Six" on your ballot on Election Day.
A new group called "Jump the Broom for Marriages" is aiming its message at African-American communities, primarily in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Prince George's County.
They’re trying to convince opponents of same-sex marriage to make donations, get out the vote, and get to the polls.
“We believe in the Lord's word which states that marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Alethia Williams, one of the group’s leaders. “It's an unhealthy lifestyle for our children. It's just not right.”
The "Jump the Broom" group takes its name from a portion of the ceremony in some traditional African-American weddings.
“We support the president. We definitely support him. We just do not agree with his views on same-sex marriage,” Williams said.
One of the mailers the group is using features the phrase "My mommy is my daddy my daddy is my mommy, but who is my aunt. Some may consider the language offensive, but they're not backing down.
“Most people are already offended - their morals, their core values are the same as our group represents,” Williams said.
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