Thursday, February 17, 2011

Maryland Senate Committee Approves Gay Marriage Bill!

       This afternoon, a majority of the Maryland Judicial Proceedings Committee approved 7-3 a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state. It now moves to the full Senate chamber, where the vote seems to be in favor of gay marriage, but is still close to call. If you have not called your state senator about this important legislation, make sure to do so! The Washington Post reports...

Legislation that would legalize same-sex marriages in Maryland was approved Thursday afternoon by a Senate committee, easily clearing the first hurdle needed for passage this year by the General Assembly.
The 7-to-4 vote by the Judicial Proceedings Committee sends the bill the Senate floor, where a lengthy and emotional debate is expected next week on the most high-profile social issue facing lawmakers during their 90-day session.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) predicted Thursday that the bill narrowly would pass in his chamber. The legislation next would move to the House of Delegates, traditionally the more liberal chamber on social policy.
Maryland would join the District and five other states in allowing marriages between same-sex couples.

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