Maryland’s Same-Sex Marriage Bill Awaiting Gov. O’Malley’s Signature
Matt | On 25, Feb 2012
This must be the month for same-sex marriage fights in the states.
Maryland became the fourth state this month to make national headlines in the continuing quest for same-sex marriage rights. The Maryland Senate voted late Thursday to approve the unions in their state. The bill is now waiting for the signature of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, a proponent of gay marriage.
Once O’Malley signs the bill into law on March 1, Maryland will become the eighth state, along with the District of Columbia, to approve same-sex marriage. Right now, Washington, Iowa, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and of course D.C., all allow it within their borders. Maryland couples will be able to exercise the option on January 1, 2013.
In Maryland, like in some other states, opponents want the issue of gay marriage to go before the people for a referendum vote. They feel that the people are being unfairly represented on the issue. But, many of the polls are beginning to lean in favor of gay marriage. It’s not as divisive of an issue as, say, union rights in Ohio.
It’s interesting to see how much positive traction this issue is getting in an election year. Of course, you have candidates throwing their usual hate and rhetoric at the idea, but laws are still pushing through the statehouses.
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