February 23, 2012
By Jacob Combs
Tonight, the Maryland Senate debated and passed a bill to bring marriage equality to the state by a vote of 25-22. The measure passed the House of Delegates earlier this week by a vote of 72-67. Last year, the bill passed the state Senate by a margin of 25-21, but was withdrawn from the floor of the House of Delegates as support evaporated at the last minute.
The bill will now head to the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s, who supports it. Opponents of marriage equality in the state have promised to collect signatures to put the issue up for a voter referendum in November. Maryland would be the fifth state to have a ballot question on marriage equality this year, provided opponents of Washington state’s recently passed marriage vote succeed in their signature collection effort.