Brochin confirms plan to vote for Md. same-sex marriage bill
Maryland Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore County) on Thursday confirmed his intention to vote for a same-sex marriage bill, putting supporters of the legislation within striking distance of Senate passage.
Brochin said at a news conference that while he has been willing to support civil unions between gay couples previously, the word "marriage" was a "stumbling block."
"It's my stumbling block, and it's my problem," said Brochin, who issued a press release Wednesday saying he was rethinking is position.
Brochin said his change in position was a result of Tuesday's bill hearing in front of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, on which he serves. The panel is expected to vote next week to send the bill to the floor.
Brochin called testimony from same-sex marriage opponents "appalling and disgusting. ... I just heard hate and venom coming out of that hearing."
With Brochin's support, there are now 21 senators who have said publicly they will vote for the same-sex marriage bill, which needs 24 votes for passage. Six other members have either said they are undecided or not announced their position.
An updated list of those planning to vote for the bill or considering it is below.
Bill sponsors and co-sponsors(18):
Sen. William C. Ferguson (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Robert J. Garagiola (D-Mongtomery)
Sen. Lisa A. Gladden (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Verna L. Jones-Rodwell (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Dolores G. Kelley (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. Nancy J. King (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Roger Manno (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Karen S. Montgomery (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George's)
Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Victor R. Ramirez (D-Prince George's)
Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Montgomery)
Sen. Ronald N. Young (D-Frederick)
Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County)
Others who have publicly committed to vote for the bill (3):
Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard)
Sen. James N. Robey (D-Howard)
Senators who said in interviews that they are undecided (6):
Sen. John C. Astle (D-Anne Arundel)
Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore)
Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's)
Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County)
Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Prince George's)
| February 10, 2011; 11:09 AM ET
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