Bowers, an opponent of same-sex marriage in Maryland, will
run for the state legislature, he said Monday. Bowers, 47,
is pastor at the Living Stone House of Worship in
Pasadena. He also is chairman of Defend Maryland
Marriage, which seeks to change the state constitution to
define marriage as being a union solely between a man
and a woman.
Bowers is running
as a Republican and hopes to challenge the three
Democratic incumbent delegates from Howard County. Although
best known for his opposition to same-sex marriage
(Bowers said last year that gay marriage proponents'
efforts were "redefining our culture"), he said
he will campaign on a broader "family values" platform.
"I'm not a
single-issue candidate," said Bowers, who announced he
would also work to lower taxes, stiffen penalties for crimes
against children, and toughen sentencing guidelines.
"I've taken notice that over the past years a lot of
legislation, a lot of directions we're taking in this
state don't help families."
A native of
Howard County, Bowers says he intends to remain as pastor to
the church if he wins. Currently, there are two other
clergymen in the state legislature. (AP)