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Maryland Senate Approves Marriage Equality 25-21; 'Rancorous' House Debate Expected to Begin Friday

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The Maryland Senate passed the marriage equality bill this evening by a vote of 25-21. The bill now moves on to the House.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Discussion in the House of Delegates is set to begin Friday, with a committee hearing that could be far more rancorous than anything the Senate has seen.

Del. Don Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican and a chief opponent of the legislation, promised this week to "take off the gloves" when he discusses gay marriage. His bill to outlaw recognition of any union not between a man and a woman, also is slated to be heard Friday.

"The Senate has been congenial. The House is going to be a lot more volatile," predicted Del. Keiffer Mitchell, a Baltimore Democrat and sponsor of the legislation. "There are more personalities in the mix. I'm concerned about the tone."

The Sun says its passage is far from assured: "The same-sex marriage bill in that chamber has 58 sponsors; 71 votes are needed for passage. And, if it is passed, it will almost certainly be petitioned to referendum, giving voters the final say."

Governor Martin O'Malley has promised to sign a marriage equality bill if it arrives at his desk.

Audio (via good as you) of the vote, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Any idea when we can expect the MD House to vote on it?

    Posted by: Tyler | Feb 24, 2011 6:33:06 PM

  2. One step forward in the Free State. Next to the House and then the Governor, and then the referendum that is all but assured to happen. Time to prepare for 2012 is now!

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 24, 2011 6:36:24 PM

  3. suck THAT maggie!

    Posted by: alguien | Feb 24, 2011 6:36:36 PM

  4. Gotta love the hesitation and eventual conceding. 0:30 The um...the bill passes.
    Ohhh I'm relishing.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 24, 2011 6:56:26 PM

  5. I imagine Maggie sitting down at her dining room table, slamming her fists on the table, fried chicken and mashed potatoes flying through the air. Poor Maggie. NOM will be gone within 10 years.

    Posted by: PriceCut | Feb 24, 2011 7:00:33 PM

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