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Posted at 1:56 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Md. same-sex marriage bill still in limbo

By John Wagner

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.

By John Wagner  | March 3, 2011; 1:56 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage  
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Comments

There are a lot of people in Maryland who are very eager for this legislation to pass. If these two supposed allies cosponsor the bill and then derail the effort to get it passed, the wrath of betrayed voters will fall heavily on them during the next election. And I think that's putting it mildly.

I think at the very least, vote for it to get it onto the floor. Let the entire house have a chance to vote on it--how difficult is that?

Posted by: redgrifn | March 3, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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