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MD same sex marriage bill one vote away from House

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February 14, 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 Representatives.

Twenty-three senators have already voted in favor of the act, twenty-four are needed in order for the bill to proceed.

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, [1] joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Colombia.

Below is a listing of Maryland senators and their votes either for, against, or undecided. [2] Allan Kittleman is the only Republican senator currently in favor of SB 116.




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. [3]

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