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Feb 24, 2012

Maryland gay marriage opponents begin referendum effort

ANNAPOLIS — Same-sex marriage opponents say they have taken the first steps to bring legislation legalizing gay marriage to referendum. Del. Neil Parrott says he filed draft language for a referendum petition with the state board of elections Friday, a day after the Senate joined the House in approving a bill to allow same-sex unions. […]

Feb 23, 2012

Gay marriage close to legal in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — Gay marriage is all but legalized in Maryland after the legislature gave its final OK Thursday to the law that’s being sent to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who said he expects to sign it sometime next week. In a small but expected margin, the state Senate voted 25-22 for the law. The vote comes less […]

Feb 14, 2012

Republican state delegate undecided on gay marriage vote

ANNAPOLIS — A Republican member of Maryland’s State House who has been mentioned as a possible supporter of a bill to legalize gay marriage says he’s unsure if he will support it. Republican Delegate Patrick Hogan represents an increasingly Democratic district in Frederick and had been seen as a potential supporter of same-sex unions. Gov. […]

Jan 24, 2012

O’Malley promotes revamped same-sex marriage legislation

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley touted increased religious protections as he promoted a new same-sex marriage bill Tuesday that supporters hope can overcome the objections raised last year. Flanked by lawmakers, religious leaders and union members, the governor repeatedly invoked the values of equal rights and religious freedom, which, he says, the legislation protects. “Yesterday […[...]

Mar 11, 2011

Gov. O’Malley hoping gay marriage bill passes

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley says he hopes lawmakers pass a bill legalizing gay marriage. O’Malley says he hopes lawmakers are able to resolve the issue, so he can sign the measure into law. The House of Delegates was debating the bill Friday. O’Malley also says if the bill passes, he believes the issue will […]

Mar 9, 2011

Group pledges $1M in Md. gay marriage debate

ANNAPOLIS — The National Organization of Marriage is pledging $1 million to fight Maryland Republicans who support gay marriage and support Democrats who oppose the measure. The group plans to create NOM PAC Maryland and picked its first target: Sen. Allan Kittleman, R-Howard, the only Republican to vote in favor of the same-sex marriage in […]

Mar 9, 2011

Maryland House ready to start gay marriage debate

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland House of Delegates leaders are opening the gay marriage debate with a warning: any changes could kill the measure this year. The full House is scheduled to begin debating the proposal to extend full marriage rights to same-sex couples Wednesday morning. House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, has warned lawmakers that if […]

Mar 4, 2011

Md. House Judiciary Committee approves same-sex marriage bill

ANNAPOLIS — Legislation to permit same-sex marriage in Maryland will be debated on the floor of the state House of Delegates after winning narrow approval Friday from the House Judiciary Committee, with its chair, Joseph F. Vallario Jr., casting the decisive 12th vote. The coming House debate follows Senate approval of the proposed Civil Marriage Protection […]

Mar 4, 2011

Maryland delegate ready to support gay marriage

ANNAPOLIS — A lawmaker who has wrestled with whether to support same-sex marriage legislation now says he’s ready to vote in favor of the bill. Delegate Sam Arora, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a statement Friday saying he will vote to send the bill to the House floor. Arora says he will […]

Mar 2, 2011

Baltimore delegate still holding out on gay marriage bill

ANNAPOLIS – Del. Jill P. Carter, one of two lawmakers who on Tuesday held up a committee vote on legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage, refused to discuss the situation Wednesday morning, leaving the fate of the high-profile bill in doubt. The lawmaker, a Baltimore City Democrat, left the House of Delegates floor without answering […]

Feb 9, 2011

Same-sex marriage bill debated in Maryland

Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee held a hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 to discuss Bill 116, a proposal to allow same-sex marriage in the state.

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