Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed the legislation for gay marriage, making Maryland the eighth state in the U.S. that legalized gay marriage. The bill did not pass the state assembly last year. Governor O’Malley claimed that the bill will promote religious freedom and protect human dignity. However, many African-American Catholic and evangelical lawmakers opposed this bill and claimed to push for a referendum in November in order to repeal it (BBC). Governor O’Malley wrote an article on Huffington Post explaining why he approved same-sex marriage. He thinks that the legalizing same-sex marriage will help children who have homosexual parents and will respect individual choices. However, his view is challenged by religious groups, especially black church. I checked out the demographic changes in Maryland over the past decade, and found out that there is a surging population of Hispanics but African American population rises relatively slowly. The Catholics are the dominant religious group. Religious groups have been active and asking people to sign on the petition to repeal the bill. I respect individual choices of marriage, but Governor O’Malley’s rationale does not fully convince me, because if it is paradoxical to claim to respect religious freedom and personal freedom while imposing certain groups’ belief of homosexual marriage on people who do not accept it.