Md. moves closer to same-sex marriages
Legislation that would legalize same-sex marriages in Maryland was approved Thursday afternoon by a Senate committee, easily clearing the first hurdle needed for passage this year by the General Assembly.
The 7-to-4 vote by the Judicial Proceedings Committee sends the bill the Senate floor, where a lengthy and emotional debate is expected next week on the most high-profile social issue facing lawmakers during their 90-day session.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) predicted Thursday that the bill will narrowly pass in his chamber. The legislation would next move to the House of Delegates, traditionally the more liberal chamber on social policy.
Maryland would join the District and five other states in allowing marriages between same-sex couples.
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