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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Same-sex marriage bill advances in Md.

By John Wagner

The Senate advanced the same-sex marriage bill on a preliminary vote of 25 to 22. A final Senate vote on the bill, which is likely to mirror the preliminary vote, has been scheduled for Thursday. A vote tally will be posted shortly.

If the bill passes the Senate, it moves to the House, traditionally the more liberal chamber on social policy. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has said he will sign the bill.

Opponents have threatened a filibuster, but Senate leaders say they are confident they have the votes to end debate.

The so-called "2nd reader" vote advancing the bill came after the chamber rejected several other amendments.

The Senate voted 31 to 16 to reject an amendment that would have prohibited the "promotion" of same-sex marriage in public elementary schools.

Read more about the debate on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland on the Maryland Politics blog.

By John Wagner  | February 23, 2011; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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