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Marriage In Maryland: Even With A Republican On Board, This Will Be A ‘Very Close’ Vote

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When Maryland’s state lawmakers move the same-sex marriage bill out of a Senate committee and to a full floor vote, expect a “very close” decision. With 24 votes needed to pass, we’ve got only 20 senators who’ve publicly said they will support the bill, 18 of whom are co-sponsors; supporting but not sponsoring the bill is Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, the Republican. That leaves six Democrats undecided — perhaps the most despicable among them being Sen. Joan Carter Conway, who says she will be the 24th vote if required, but will not vote for it if the bill is going to fall short and fail. Such backbone you have, Ms. Conway.