on pause

Maryland House Says NOT NOW To Gay Marriage


We were all prepared to announce whether Maryland’s House of Delegates had passed or killed the state’s same-sex marriage bill — but instead they’ve sent it back to the Judiciary Committee, which barely squeaked it out to a full floor vote last week. A yes vote in the House — which would require 71 of 141 members — would have all but assured passage: Last month the State Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act in a 25-21 vote, and Gov. Martin O’Malley has promised to sign it (and make Maryland the sixth state to have legal gay marriage). But for now, more waiting.