|Rev. Donte Hickman Sr|
Two pastors in the Baltimore area began running two television commercials in the Baltimore market this week in support of equal right for everyone . Each ad features a Baptist minister pointing out that the new Maryland law would not force churches to perform same-sex ceremonies.
The Rev. Donte Hickman Sr. of Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore speaks in one ad,
while the other features the Rev. Delman Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George's County. Both commercials are funded by Marylanders for Marriage Equality. The men offer nearly identical messages. Hickman looks into the camera and says: "I support this law because it does not force any church to perform a same-sex marriage if it's against their beliefs."