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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Where they stand: The Maryland Senate on same-sex marriage

By John Wagner

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Maryland Senate.jpgFrom all indications, the vote will be very close when a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage comes to the floor of the Maryland Senate in coming weeks.

The bill needs 24 votes to pass in the chamber. A Washington Post survey in recent days found 20 senators who have publicly committed to supporting the bill and another six who say they remain undecided.

A hearing is scheduled next week in the Judicial Proceedings Committee, where a majority of members have indicated that they will vote to send the bill to the floor.

Here's a look at the senators who are supporting the bill and those who remain in play. We will update the tally as more members take positions.

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-Montgomery)
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 (2):
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)

Among the undecideds, Conway said she is willing to be the 24th vote for the bill but does not want to vote for it if it is going to fail. Currie put his chances of voting for the bill at 40 percent. Rosapepe said he will announce his intentions before the bill reaches the floor.

By John Wagner  | February 4, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage  
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Comments

Well, the next time Rosapepe asks me for money, I'll tell him I'll let him know before the election. Weakling!!!

Posted by: silverspring25 | February 4, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

typical of Rosapepe - wishy washy.

Posted by: agwilson1399 | February 4, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see at least one R on the list (Kittleman), but shame on the rest of them and the whole republican party.
There is a lot of injustice going on in the world that we can do little to stop. However, this is a chance to do the right thing for our friends, neighbors, co-workers, family members and citizens of this great state who deserve nothing less then full equality from our government.

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 4, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Just do it, and join the 21st century. The arguments against it are purely specious. The arguments of bigotry and religion are personal, not legal.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 4, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

One Republican? That party sucks. Republicans are disgusting.

Posted by: FlexSF | February 4, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Can I vote on their marriage rights?

Posted by: S1VA | February 4, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The key number here isn't the 24 to pass, it is the 29 to end a filibuster. If the Democrats can't get 29 votes to end the debate, it is dead for this session (and Kittleman although he'll vote for the bill won't vote to end a filibuster).

Posted by: naraht | February 4, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Onward to full marriage equality rights in the 21st century. Period.

Cheers, Joe Mustich, Officiant,
Red Studio Farm, Washington Green, CT USA

Enought with the marriage police.....

Posted by: cornetmustich | February 4, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Please don't discount those who at this point are considered a "no" vote. There is still opportunity for them to change their minds or for their minds to be changed. We saw that in a number of Senators at the last minute on the vote to repeal DADT. A number of people put aside party politics to be on the right side of history. I believe a number of Maryland legislators want to be on the right side of history and if given the right opportunity and motivation may just surprise us with a "yes" vote.

Please continue to encourage and lobby them with the facts on the issue. In particular, if you have a personal connection with them, now is the time to use it. That will have more impact on this vote than anything else.

Posted by: HenryJuhala | February 5, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Conway and the others don't deserve to be on the right side of history. What cowards. What f-ing cowards.

Posted by: bmorebent | February 5, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Conway/does not want to vote for it if it is going to fail - Another "profile in courage." Get the hell out of politics, you wimp.

Posted by: B-rod | February 6, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Here are their senate email addresses. Tell them to do the right thing -- and our history has shown that it is always right to expand freedom and equality.

John.Astle@senate.state.md.us,
Joan.Carter.Conway@senate.state.md.us,
Ulysses.Currie@senate.state.md.us,
Edward.Kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us,
Katherine.Klausmeier@senate.state.md.us,
Jim.Rosapepe@senate.state.md.us

Posted by: marcluxjd | February 7, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

It's time for marriage quality in Maryland! Let's make this happen

Posted by: kcflood87 | February 7, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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