Md. same-sex marriage bill still in limbo
Prospects for a Maryland House committee vote on same-sex marriage remained unclear Thursday as the panel began a long afternoon of unrelated bill hearings and a key member was out sick.
Aides to Del. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore) said she was not feeling well. Carter, one of two delegates who deliberately skipped a key voting session Tuesday, was absent from the House floor session Thursday morning and was not present as the House Judiciary Committee began bill hearings shortly after 1 p.m.
Supporters of same-sex marriage have been counting on committee votes from both Carter and Del. Tiffany T. Alston (D-Prince George's), who also skipped Tuesday's voting session. Both are co-sponsors of the legislation, which requires 12 votes for a favorable committee recommendation.
Alston has expressed mixed feelings about the bill in recent days and said she would not disclose her current position on the bill until a committee vote is called.
Carter on Tuesday sought to leverage her vote on same-sex marriage for support on other issues. She has since said she is prepared to vote for the bill.
House Judiciary Chairman Joseph Vallario (D-Prince George's) said Thursday morning that his panel would hold a voting session on a number of bills, "time permitting," after afternoon bill hearings. If the hearings run too late, Vallario said, voting could be put off until tomorrow.
| March 3, 2011; 1:56 PM ET
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