Let us not be surprised by this, but the Maryland Catholic Conference is objecting to the official language for Question 6. That would be the question about retaining same-sex marriage in the state. The Catholic Church has been maintaining that their religious liberties will be abridged if same-sex marriage goes through, but they have not actually stated how or why.
Question 6 reads:
Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.
Proponents of the law claim the ballot language reflects the measure’s supposed religious freedom protections for those who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman. This claim is misguided and ignores the fundamental reason to reject this measure. [...] According to the actual legislation, religious organizations that accept any sort of state or federal funds are excluded from religious liberty protections. They are not exempt, and there are no protections for individuals. Marylanders should not be fooled into thinking we can redefine marriage and still protect religious liberty.
So far, the Catholic Church has shown little actual evidence that their religious rights are under threat- but they have put other people’s religious liberties at risk, and often throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way. They have voluntarily shut down their charities rather than comply with the law.