February 17, 2012
By Adam Bink
Updated on 2/18 to reflect the correct vote count. As in New Jersey, the button of a legislator in support of the bill did not work during voting.
A remarkable week for equality. Just now, the Maryland House of Delegates passed legislation legalizing marriage equality for same-sex couples, 72-67. Many may remember the House of Delegates did not take up the bill last year after it was clear it would not have sufficient support to pass.
The bill now proceeds to the Senate, where a modified version did pass last year, then onto Gov. O’Malley’s desk where he is expected to sign it. It’s also likely opponent would take the issue to the ballot, paving the way for 5 ballot questions on marriage equality this year if, as expected, opponents of equality in Washington State do the same.
If you want to follow full coverage of the debate and amendments, the Washington Blade has been following it the last few days.