Two House committees voted Tuesday evening to send to the floor Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill to legalize same-sex marriage, buoying the hopes of activists who saw the move as a sign that House leaders think they have the votes to pass it. Sam Arora, a Democrat from Montgomery County, abstained.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, center, greets supporters and members of the House of Delegates after the House passed a gay marriage bill in Annapolis. The bill passed with an amendment that extended its effective date from October to January
New York, March 11, —Today, the Maryland House re-committed back to committee the marriage equality bill that had previously been approved by the Senate, delaying equality to Maryland's same-sex couples. But this is not the end. We urge the House to soon bring the bill to a successful vote and give critical protections to Maryland's thousands of same-sex couples and their families.
Gay marriage is all but legalised in the state of Maryland after the legislature gave its final agreement on Thursday to the law that's being sent to the governor, who said he expects to sign it sometime this week. The state senate voted in favour of the law. The vote comes less than a week after the House of Delegates barely passed the measure.
The bill is expected to be signed into law by the state's Democratic governor, Martin O'Malley, once it has been sent to him for approval. The state Senate voted to approve the bill, which had earlier gained approval from the lower House of Delegates, according to a government website. Maryland would become the eighth US state to allow gay marriage.
AP — In search of the votes to solidify the legalization of gay marriage, advocates rallied Monday night hoping to sway delegates who have not yet committed their support. Organizers estimated as many as supporters attended a rally before lobbying lawmakers prior to their regularly scheduled evening floor session. Last week, members of the House Judiciary and Health and Government Operations Committees heard more than 10 hours of testimony on the bill.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Martin O'Malley has pledged to sign the bill, which would make Maryland the eighth state to approve same-sex marriage.
The Civil Marriage Protection Act, which would legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples, was approved one day earlier in the Maryland Senate by a vote ofprompting LGBT activists to celebrate what they called a historic victory. But officials with the statewide LGBT advocacy group Equality Maryland expressed concern that an expected vote on the bill in the House of Delegates within the next two weeks appears much closer than originally expected. Backers said that as of this week, the number of delegates who have publicly declared their support for the bill was just short of the 71 votes needed in the member House.
During the debate in Maryland's House, I joined same-sex marriage supporters outside of the chambers who were anxiously awaiting the vote. I met two moms and their 4-year-old son Will. After standing for hours, Will was tired and seemed a bit uninterested.
Jump to navigation. Political observers said House supporters of the bill believed that with the political turmoil surrounding the issue over the previous two weeks, they were just a couple of votes short of the 71 delegates needed to pass it. If the House had approved the bill, it would have made Maryland the sixth state plus the District of Columbia to legalize same-sex marriages.