February 21, 2012
By Jacob Combs
Today, the Maryland Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 to advance a proposed gay marriage bill to a full Senate vote. Two amendments to the legislation were rejected: one that would have legalized civil unions, and another that would have returned the bill’s effective date to its original fall timeframe.
Senate President Thomas Mike Muller expects a full vote by the end of the week. Marriage equality supporters are confident they have enough votes for the legislation to pass, as it did last year.