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BREAKING: Maryland House Passes Marriage Equality Bill

BREAKING: Maryland House Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Maryland is well on its way to become the eighth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

News out of Annapolis late Friday reported that the Maryland House of Delegates voted 71-67 to pass a marriage equality bill.

According to The Washington Post, the vote came after a day of dramatic and emotional debate. Numerous gay and lesbian families appealed to the House with their stories, as did several legislators.

We should extend to families, same-sex loving couples, the right to marry in a civil ceremony, Del. Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore) said, passionately recounting her own struggles as a lesbian. Im going to ask you today, my colleagues, to make history.

The bill has now been sent to the Maryland Senate, where it is expected to be approved next week. Governor Martin OMalley has reportedly agreed to sign the legislation when it reaches his desk.

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2:36AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Excellent! :)

6:18PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Congratulations Maryland! You obviously believe in fairness and you have a compassionate heart.

10:50AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Good going Maryland. Proud of you.

7:06AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr8!

8:14PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Good for them!

8:10PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Thank you Maryland.

5:51PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Awesome!! Another state does the right thing.

10:58PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

How about that? I'm proud of you, Maryland!

8:16PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Very good and sad at the same time that people in the States even have to fight for these natural rights. Its 2012 and we are still backwards when it comes to treating our citizens as equals no matter race, gender or sexual orientation. Pathetic.

5:20PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Great!

I support equal rights for ALL!

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