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Maryland Gay Marriage Bill Passes
2012-02-25 04:57:35 (143 weeks ago)
Posted By: Intellpuke

Gay marriage is all but legalized 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.


Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, greets supporters
and members of the House of Delegates after it passed
a gay marriage bill in Annapolis.
Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

The state senate voted 25-22 in favor of the law. The vote comes less than a week after the House of Delegates barely passed the measure.

Maryland will become the eighth U.S. state to allow gay marriage when Governor Martin O'Malley, who sponsored the bill, signs the legislation. The Democrat made the measure a priority this session after it stalled last year.

Six states allow gay couples to wed - Connecticut, New Hampshire, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont - as well as the Washington capital district. The governor of Washington signed a bill this month that would make that state the seventh.

Opponents in Maryland have vowed to bring the measure to a referendum in November. They will need to gather at least 55,726 valid signatures of Maryland voters to put it on the ballot and can begin collecting names now the bill has cleared both chambers.

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Some churches and members of clergy have spoken out against the bill, saying it threatens religious freedoms and violates their tradition of defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

"The enormous public outcry that this legislation has generated voiced by Marylanders that span political, racial, social and religious backgrounds demonstrates a clear need to take this issue to a vote of the people," Maryland Catholic Conference spokeswoman Kathy Dempsey said in a statement. "Every time this issue has been brought to a statewide vote, the people have upheld traditional marriage."

Leaders at the Human Rights Campaign, a group that joined a coalition of organizations to advocate for the bill, said they expect opponents will gather the required number of signatures.

Senator Allan Kittleman, the only senate Republican to vote in favuor of the legislation, said he was proud of his decision and not concerned about the political consequences.

"You don't worry about politics when you're dealing with the civil rights issue of your generation," said Kittleman, R-Howard, he son of the late Senator Robert Kittleman, who was known for civil rights advocacy.

Gay marriage remains on hold in California after opponents petitioned a federal appeals court on Tuesday to review a split decision by three of its judges that struck down a voter-approved measure that limited marriage to a man and woman.

Intellpuke: You can read this Associated Press article, filed from Annapolis, Maryland, in context here: www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/24/gay-marriage-maryland-legal


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