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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Maryland Same Sex Marriage Debate

From the Baltimore Sun:

The state senate has just one bill on its agenda Wednesday: The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Act.

"We've cleared the desk," Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told senators Tuesday morning. "We have nothing else to do tomorrow aside from that bill."

Debate on the contentious measure to allow same-sex couples to marry is expected to run into Wednesday evening and carry over to the following day. Miller has told senators to clear their weekend schedules in case an expected filibuster extends into Saturday.

The bill, which would repeal Maryland's definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, is widely expected to clear the senate — but there are no guarantees. Twenty-four senators have declared their support for the measure, the minimum needed for final passage.

Advocates in the House of Delegates say they are close to having the votes for final passage in that chamber, and Gov. Martin O'Malley has said he will sign the bill if it passes.

Opponents had seven amendments prepared as of Tuesday morning, and were considering others.

Discussion about them could take hours, but might not be as lengthy as many have predicted. Typically, opponents gearing up for a major floor fight will prepare hundreds of amendments.

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I wonder if the Obama administration's newly announced stance against DOMA will have any effect on this bill.

Posted by: Elizabeth Pugliese | Feb 23, 2011 5:47:38 PM

Same sex marriage has been an issue for a long time and it will always be an issue. It will never go away, unless something is done to say whether or not it should be legal or illegal. I personally, think it should remain illegal because God intended to be man and women. The bible and many religions consider, "homosexuality" to be a sin. At one time, people were killed for being homosexual. Now, we no longer do that because it's cruel and unusual. Everyone child needs a mom and a dad. If we allow same-sex marriage, then we need to allow polygamy and everyone other time of marriage you can think. Whether you call it a marriage or a civil union, in one way or another, you are still married, and it is a sin to many religions and people. We are more open to gays nowadays but some people still push them away and don't want anything to do them. We can't change people, people can only change their-selves. Time, will tell, were the US goes next with this important issues that has been around since the the 60's.

Posted by: rc | Feb 23, 2011 7:41:50 PM

Same sex marriage has been an issue for a long time and it will always be an issue. but last week some one file the petition for the Same sex marriage and court also permitted the Same sex marriage.

Posted by: Maryland Family Attorney - Maryland Divorce Attorney | Jul 28, 2011 8:37:19 AM

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