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Same-sex Marriage Approval in House Appears Likely

House Minority Leader Anthony O'Donnell says proponents have the votes needed for passage later this afternoon.

The Maryland House of Delegates appears poised to pass same-sex marriage legislation when it meets late Friday afternoon.

"(Proponents) have secured the final vote," said Del. Anthony O'Donnell, the House minority leader.

Del. Tiffany Alston, a Prince George's County Democrat who previously opposed the bill and voted against it in committee, emerged from House Speaker Michael E. Busch's office and later offered a two-part amendment.

The first part prevents the law from going into effect if there is pending court litigation. A second part of the amendment would require judges to strike down the entire law should any part of it be illegal.

"(Alston's) vote was contingent on the passing of that amendment," said O'Donnell.

Following the nearly two hours of debate, Alston was escorted into the speaker's office and away from reporters.

The House is scheduled to return for a final vote Friday at 4:30 p.m.

O'Donnell, during the debate, objected to the rush to a final vote.

"We should not use brute force strength on such a weighty issue," said O'Donnell.

Karl Schuub February 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
NAMBLA had a delegation at the Gay Pride parade in SF not so very long ago.
St. John's Episcopal Church February 19, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Just to clarify: most pedophiles are heterosexual, including those that molest boys. It is never ok to be a pedophile, that is not what is at issue here. What is at issue here is the right of one adult to marry another adult. -admin
Gburgatheist February 19, 2012 at 03:22 AM
St. Johns Ep. Church gives me some hope that all religious folk are not totally crazy whackaloons believing whatever was written in a Bronze Age text about a man who may or may not have existed. I appreciate the effort of St. Johns for speaking up to a sector of the population that has been denigrated and denied basic equal rights for so long. However, some of the other posts make me think the other way. Yo, religious people, you have a long way to go to be cool to each other.
franking February 19, 2012 at 07:04 AM
My reasons for not being in support of gay marriage are completely secular. I don't want to pay for it. State recognized marriage was put into place for the protection of kids and women having kids and dependent on men. Two men or two women are equally able to earn their own pensions, SS, etc. Talk about a tax break for the rich! I'm fine with people living as they want. But get your hands out of my pockets.
Carol February 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Right on RightWay2012.

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