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Maryland House to take final gay marriage vote Friday

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland delegates are scheduled to take a final vote to legalize gay marriage.

Members of the House of Delegates considered a handful of amendments Friday afternoon and will convene for a final voting session at 4:30 p.m.

Republicans speculated that proponents acquired the 71-vote majority required to pass the legislation.

An amendment from Delegate Tiffany Alston, a Prince George’s Democrat who previously opposed to the bill, was accepted by the members, a move opponents suggested bought her vote.

The body also added an amendment Thursday evening, altering the effective date of the bill from October to January 2013.

Delegate Wade Kach, a Republican from Baltimore County, said earlier in that day that his support of the bill was contingent the acceptance of that amendment.