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Maryland’s marriage equality bill shelved, no gay marriage this year

Friday, March 11, 2011

Maryland’s marriage equality bill was shelved on Friday, a setback for gay rights advocates who expected this legislative session to be their best chance to date for passage.

The House approved on voice vote a motion to send the bill back to the Judiciary Committee, an acknowledgment by supporters that it did not have sufficient votes to pass on the floor, according to the Washington Post.

Advocates for the bill had hoped Maryland would join five other states and the District in allowing same-sex marriages.

The bill had significant momentum coming out of the Senate but ran into resistance in the Democratic-led House from African-American lawmakers from Prince George’s County, who cited religious opposition in their districts, and conservative Democrats in Southern Maryland and the Baltimore suburbs.

Had a vote been taken today, it would have come within a delegate or two of passage, House leaders said. Advocates believe they were only a single vote shy.

The bill, the Civil Marriage Protection Act, was moved back to committee after more than two hours of debate.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. grrr :

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:07pm
  2. still fucked up

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:07pm
  3. …d.i.s.a.p.p.o.i.n.t.i.n.g…

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:09pm
  4. bullshit

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:12pm
  5. dislike

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:13pm
  6. Epic fail.

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:18pm
  7. So far, we’ve only been taking steps BACK

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:20pm
  8. So far, we’ve only been taking steps BACK

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:20pm
  9. Major dislike.

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:29pm
  10. Serious dislike. :(

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:30pm
  11. Apparently there is just bunch of homophobics there….

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:37pm
  12. Phucking Republicanism

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:42pm
  13. Damn it all!!! Dislike big time.

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:43pm
  14. Don’t forget to blame all the LGBT community that don’t get out and vote but complain

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:44pm
  15. Don’t forget to blame all the LGBT community that don’t get out and vote but complain

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:44pm
  16. homophobics everywhere…

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:44pm
  17. This is crap.. but it will NOT last… the things that are worth fighting for is often hard.. but equality will happen.. Trailblaze for the next generations.. you will be remembered for this..

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:49pm
  18. I agree with mike I know so many gay people that do not vote..if every mo voted we would get it done!

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 10:07pm
  19. Shayan Vaidhya: 1) That sounds like a fake name. 2) You sir/madam are full of shit. My professional diagnosis is homophobia. For treatment, might I suggest a daily head soaking? I’m sure that’ll clear that right up >.<

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 10:38pm
  20. Shayan Vaidhya: 1) That sounds like a fake name. 2) You sir/madam are full of shit. My professional diagnosis is homophobia. For treatment, might I suggest a daily head soaking? I’m sure that’ll clear that right up >.<

    Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 10:38pm
  21. boo!

    Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 1:31am
  22. Billy Jack wants to know why I still dont have equal rights in Maryland to marry whom I choose???!!! He wants to know if I need his help because Im being treated like a second class citizen AGAIN!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 2:32am
  23. i just wish they could understand how it feels…

    Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 6:20pm