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Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The law goes to the governor for signature and a likely referendum challenge.

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.

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

The law, which goes into effect Jan. 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.


How they Voted—Anne Arundel County:

James Rosapepe, D, 21 Yes
John Astle, D, 30 No
Bryan Simonaire, R, 31 No
James DeGrange, D, 32 No
Edward Reilly, R, 33 No

How they Voted—Prince George's County:

James Rosapepe, D, 21 yes
Paul Pinsky, D, 22 Yes
Douglas Peters, D, 23 No
Joanne Benson, D, 24 no
Ulysses Currie, D, 25 no
C. Anthony Muse, D, 26 no 
Thomas V. Mike Miller, D, 27 No
Victor Ramirez, D, 47 Yes

Jessica D March 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Barry - Here are several cogent arguments. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/human_nature/2006/03/dont_do_unto_others.html http://althouse.blogspot.com/2006/03/distinguishing-gay-marriage-and.html http://www2.law.ucla.edu/volokh/marriage.pdf You can find many others. I personally find the economic argument to be most compelling.
Glenn March 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Perhaps many gay males don't support polygamy because they already have open relationships even when "married": http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/gays-anatomy/200809/are-gay-male-couples-monogamous-ever-after
DioDingo March 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM
People don't like change the incremental approach was to allow people to get used to the change. I think there would be a number of people who would argue about all civil rights going slow. It is all just what have in their hearts and heads about changing some religious/social norms. I think a lot of folks forget they live in a pluralistic country and everyone thinks different then everyone else. Even same or similar religions feel different about the same ideas. Their was a person quoted on NPR this morning talking about how we needed to get God back into the government. That we would be better as a country if we all prayed more to the Christian god.
David March 15, 2012 at 01:36 AM
The USA is one of the most religious countries. Religious influence has been steadily growing since the late 1970's. Some may even see a correlation between the growth of religious fervor & the growth of socio-ecomonic woes. The country definitely seemed much stronger & better when the pledge of allegiance didn't include God, and when coins just promoted "Liberty" instead of under God. Regardless, that is not what is at issue here. At issue is wether civil rights can be witheld from citizens because of rel;igious discrimination. A simple reading of the Constitution & even of the Declaration of Independence says no, because rights are inalienable. So just because someone might feel "uncomfortable" or have his faith or religion disagree, rights are rights & cannot be taken from people. The same happened when blacks were finally awarded their full citizenship rights. Deeply religious people were "uncomfortable" with it & it was against lots of faith & religious convictions, but right are rights & cannot be taken away.
David March 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Didn't Newt Gingrich himself have a scandal a few months ago because he had wanted an open marriage with wife # 2? Onetime presidential candidate John Edwards had a similar incident. Or so many infamous politicians & religious figures that throughout the years get caught with their pants down? So, were their marriages invalidated by their nefarious, perfidious 2-timings? No, & neither have the marriages of millions of heterosexual adulterers throughout the centuries. So unless you are willing to make adultery a prosecutable crime for heterosexuals, with lots of convictions, harsh penalties & reduce heterosexual adultery to practically 0%, you have no argument against gay marriage. As for myself, no open relationships here.


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