The Maryland House of Delegates passed marriage equality legislation tonight by a vote of 71-67.
The state Senate passed a similar bill last year but it died in the House. Now that the House has reversed on it, the Senate and Governor Martin O’Malley are poised to sign the bill into law.
Crucial to the bill’s passage was convincing Republican lawmakers to cross the aisle on this one, and even good ol’ Ken Mehlman put in a couple of calls.
Mehlman tells the Baltimore Sun that he phoned several GOP politicians and told them gay marriage is consistent with Republican beliefs: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Big Gay also heralded the victory. HRC’s Joe Solmonese said in a statement:
What makes this win so sweet is that it comes on the heels of three huge victories in the past two weeks: a court decision that ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional, as well as major progress for marriage equality in Washington and New Jersey.
Seriously, people—are we on a roll or what? At this rate we’ll overrule Chris Christie’s veto no problem!