Maryland House Panels Advance Marriage Equality Bill in 25-18 Vote

Two House committees have advanced Maryland's marriage equality bill, the Baltimore Sun reports:

CostaThe two panels — House Judiciary and House Health & Government Operations — voted 25 to 18 to approve the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Del. Sam Arora, a Democrat from Montgomery County, abstained.

The bill is set to go to the House floor Wednesday, though supporters say they are still unsure that they have the 71 votes needed for passage. Arora's vote is considered key. O'Malley has been meeting privately with delegates to seek their support.

A surprise "yes" vote Tuesday was that of Anne Arundel County Del. Robert Costa (pictured), thus far the only House Republican to support the bill. Another Republican, Del. Patrick Hogan, says he is still undecided.

According to the paper, "The two committees voted as one 45 member super-panel. A simple majority was needed to move the bill to the floor."


  1. KP says

    Wow, I guess Arora didn’t learn from all the uproar over his vote last year. What a turncoat. Don’t seek out LGBT supports and then stab them in the back once in office. What an ass.

  2. k says

    I don’t get it. This guy is one of the delegates from Montgomery County (where I work)— probably the most socially liberal county in the state. Just don’t understand his abstaining.

  3. Robert in NYC says

    But even if it does pass, doesn’t Maryland have that absurd, undemocratic referendum option to overturn it?

  4. Tyler says


    Yeah, but it’s extremely hard to get issues on the ballot. IIRC, they’ve only had two, ever.