The Maryland Republican Party has stepped up its lobbying efforts on the biggest social issue of the legislative session -- same-sex marriage -- as the full Senate prepares to begin debate next week.
Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) formally announced his support Wednesday morning for legislation that would allow same-sex marriages in Maryland, saying he would vote for the bill "because of my firm belief in equal rights."
Senate Republicans in Maryland overhauled their leadership team on Friday, installing a pair of more conservative senators to lead the caucus at the close of the session's second week.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will head north Wednesday to attend the inauguration of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in Annapolis.
About 450 Marylanders -- including Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) -- turned out Thursday night to pay tribute to departing state party chairwoman Audrey E. Scott, according to event organizers.
Two previously announced contenders for chairman of the Maryland Republican Party -- Eric Wargotz and Andrew Langer -- have dropped out of the crowded field with a week to go before the party makes its choice.