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. “I’m 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 O’Malley has reportedly agreed to sign the legislation when it reaches his desk.
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