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State Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

All three Howard County senators vote for the historic piece of legislation.

The Maryland State Senate passed same-sex marriage by a 25-22 vote Thursday night.

The passage of the bill comes less than a week after the House of Delegates passed the identical bill.

All three senators who represent Howard County citizens voted for the historic bill that will allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Republican Allen Kittleman and Democrats Ed Kasemeyer and James Robey all cast "yes" votes.

The bill now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature.

The law, which goes into effect January 1, 2013 is expected to face a referendum challenge and could end up on the November ballot along with the bill that grants in-state tuition rates to some children of illegal immigrants.

TinaH February 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Hurrah!
bill bissenas February 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Now comes the referendum. With funding and political support from churches and the black community, we can overturn the gay marriage law.
Brook Hubbard February 24, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Sadly, Bill is correct and ignorance and hate is likely to prevail. Latest studies show that the three groups majority opposed to Same-Sex Marriage are White Evangelicals, Mormons, and Black Protestants. That latter one is a large part of what keeps Maryland a Democratic/Blue state, which means that if the White Conservatives unite with the African-American community on this one vote... you can kiss this legislation goodbye. I would like to say that people would have more common sense, but the amount of times I've heard members of African-American churches spout that "Homosexuality is a sin and can be cured through prayer" makes me sad. I think it's ironic that a community that had to fight for its own civil rights (and still faces conflict in many places) would dare to deny another minority group's rights.
MyBrandy February 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I don't understand how religious groups feel they have the right to tell the rest of us what we can do. No one is forcing them to marry someone of the same sex nor to perform the ceremonies. How can they think they can force their religious beliefs on everyone else? That's like telling us we have to go to confession or not eat meat on Fridays or any other practice/belief central to THEIR religion. Sounds downright illegal. Furthermore, I'm particularly astonished at the attitude of Blacks, for all the reasons stated above.
bill bissenas February 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Gay marriage isn't about legal rights. Those were offered in the Kittleman compromise last year, but rejected by pro gay marriage groups. It's about forcing social acceptance through application of the marriage moniker to gay unions.

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