Friday, March 04, 2011

Maryland House Committee Passes Marriage Bill

Courtesy of the Washington Post, the Maryland House of Delegates Judiciary Committee has passed the marriage equality bill, 12-10.

Del. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore) voted for the bill after stalling earlier in the week; Del. Tiffany Alston (D-Prince George's) voted against the bill after offering an amendment to turn it into a civil unions bill, which was rejected 10-10.

The bill will now go to the full House, and unless I am mistaken I believe it is expected to pass (now that Del. Sam Arora has pledged to vote for equality).  If passed, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will sign it, although it is very possible that the question of marriage equality will end up on the ballot, as opponents of equality can petition to do so.

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