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'''ANNAPOLIS, [[Maryland]]:''' Senate Bill [http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/bills/sb/sb0116f.pdf 116], the ''Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act'', is one vote away from moving on to the [[Maryland House of Representatives|House of Representatives]].  
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'''ANNAPOLIS, [[Maryland]]:''' Senate Bill [http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/bills/sb/sb0116f.pdf 116], the ''Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act'', is one vote away from moving on to the [[Maryland House of Delegates|House of Delegates]].  
  
Twenty-three senators have already voted in favor of the act, twenty-four are needed in order for the bill to proceed.  
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SB 116 is an attempt to alter existing law that permits only traditional, one man, one woman marriages. The bill, if passed, will grant equal rights and protections of marriage to same-sex couples in the state. Maryland would then become the sixth state to grant full marital equality,<ref>[http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/02/majority-of-maryland-senators-say-they-will-support-marriage-equality/ ''LGBTQNation,'' Majority of Maryland senators say they will support marriage equality, 14 Feb. 2011]</ref> joining [[Connecticut]], [[Iowa]], [[Massachusetts]], [[New Hampshire]], [[Vermont]], and the District of Colombia.
  
SB 116 is an attempt to alter existing law concerning marriage. The bill, if passed, will grant equal rights and protections of marriage to same-sex couples in the state. Maryland would then become the sixth state to grant full marital equality, <ref>[http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/02/majority-of-maryland-senators-say-they-will-support-marriage-equality/ ''LGBTQNation,'' Majority of Maryland senators say they will support marriage equality, 14 Feb. 2011]</ref> joining
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Twenty-three out of the minimum of twenty-four senators have already voted in favor of the act. Senator [[Joan Carter Conway|Conway]], one of four senators still undecided, may be the deciding vote for the bill's passage to the House. Conway says she is committed to being the 24th vote, and is "still praying and probably close to making a decision," according to a recent Washington Post interview.<ref>[http://voices.washingtonpost.com/annapolis/2011/02/one_senator_still_praying_on_s.html ''Washington Post,'' Md. senator 'still praying' on same-sex marriage, 15 Feb. 2011]</ref>
  
Below is a listing of Maryland senators and their votes either for, against, or undecided. <ref>[http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/2011/02/sen_klausmeier_also_to_vote_ye.html ''The Baltimore Sun,'' Sen. Klausmeier also to vote yes to gay marriage, 14 Feb. 2011]</ref> [[Allan Kittleman]] is the only Republican senator currently in favor of SB 116.
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Below is a listing of Maryland senators and their votes either for, against, or undecided.<ref>[http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/2011/02/sen_klausmeier_also_to_vote_ye.html ''The Baltimore Sun,'' Sen. Klausmeier also to vote yes to gay marriage, 14 Feb. 2011]</ref> [[Allan Kittleman]] is the only Republican senator currently in favor of SB 116.
  
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* [[John Astle]] (D)
 
* [[John Astle]] (D)
 
* [[Joan Carter Conway]] (D)
 
* [[Joan Carter Conway]] (D)
 
* [[Ulysses Currie]] (D)
 
* [[Ulysses Currie]] (D)
 
* [[James Rosapepe]] (D)
 
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Senator Conway, one of four senators still undecided, said she would not vote for the bill if it appears to be failing. Conway is committed to being the 24th vote, and is "still praying and probably close to making a decision," according to a Washington Post phone interview. <ref>[http://voices.washingtonpost.com/annapolis/2011/02/one_senator_still_praying_on_s.html ''Washington Post,'' Md. senator 'still praying' on same-sex marriage, 15 Feb. 2011]</ref>
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The Act, once passed from the [[Maryland State Senate|Senate]], would likely also pass the House, due to the significant Democratic majority.
  
 
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Revision as of 20:50, 10 March 2014

Joan Carter Conway

February 15, 2010

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: Senate Bill 116, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, is one vote away from moving on to the House of Delegates.

SB 116 is an attempt to alter existing law that permits only traditional, one man, one woman marriages. The bill, if passed, will grant equal rights and protections of marriage to same-sex couples in the state. Maryland would then become the sixth state to grant full marital equality,[1] joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Colombia.

Twenty-three out of the minimum of twenty-four senators have already voted in favor of the act. Senator Conway, one of four senators still undecided, may be the deciding vote for the bill's passage to the House. Conway says she is committed to being the 24th vote, and is "still praying and probably close to making a decision," according to a recent Washington Post interview.[2]

Below is a listing of Maryland senators and their votes either for, against, or undecided.[3] Allan Kittleman is the only Republican senator currently in favor of SB 116.

For

Against

Undecided

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 98
     Republican Party 43
Total 141

The Act, once passed from the Senate, would likely also pass the House, due to the significant Democratic majority.

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