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Maryland Senate delays debate on gay marriage bill

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate is delaying the debate on a bill to legalize gay marriage.

Republican leaders asked that discussion of the bill and potential amendments be postponed until Thursday.

Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate could gather into the evening that day to consider the bill, which barely passed the House of Delegates last week. Debate could continue Friday before a final vote is taken.

Opponents have offered an amendment to change the bill’s effective date and say they have asked Attorney General Doug Gansler for an opinion on the constitutionality of amendments added to the House version of the bill.

Last year the Senate passed a similar measure by 25 to 21.

Miller said he does not believe any of votes have changed in his chamber.

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  1. Just because something is permitted by the rules does not mean it should be called for. This is political showmanship and a waste of time. The Bill should be passed and celebrated and the legislature needs to focus on the budget, the cost of gasoline and making Maryland safe and affordable for ALL residents.