Yesterday I mentioned that the Senate had 23 of 24 votes necessary in the "yes" column for Maryland to approve marriage equality. The WaPo counts it as 24:
The Post's tally is not a guarantee of the bill's passage when it reaches the Senate floor, probably next week. Several senators, including Klausmeier, have publicly agonized over their positions in recent days. Opponents also have threatened a filibuster in an attempt to kill the legislation.
The Post's count of 24 senators includes one – Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore) – who has said she will not vote for the bill if she believes it will fail. Conway told The Post last week that she "would pray real hard" and vote for the bill if hers was the deciding vote.
Still, it is clear that the legislation, which has stalled in previous years, has considerable momentum.
Sponsors of the legislation are comfortable that it will pass in the House once it clears the Senate, and Governor Martin O'Malley has indicated he will sign the bill.