A coalition of clergy against the death penalty rallied in Annapolis on Wednesday in hopes of getting legislators to repeal the current law, making life in prison without parole the harshest punishment.
More than 200 religious representatives from Catholic, Jewish, Presbyterian and Episcopalian communities gathered on Lawyer's Mall. They sent a letter urging the repeal of the law to all members of the General Assembly.
"The idea behind the death penalty is that we can kill our way out of a cultural wash in violence. When the state sponsors killings, it loses its moral voice to say that others shouldn't kill -- we can kill, but you can't kill. That is not a way to build a peaceful, just society," said the Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, the Episcopal bishop of Maryland.
Religious leaders are asking State House leaders to bring the issue up for a vote this year.
Meanwhile, the death penalty bill was forced to share the stage with several other issues on the table Wednesday. The General Assembly has 2,389 bills before them, and nearly halfway through the session, there's still a lot of heavy lifting to do, 11 News reporter David Collins said.
(source: WBAL TV News)