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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Sent Back to House Committee

The move effectively kills the effort this year.

Efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland ended this year when the House of Delegates voted to send the bill back to committee this afternoon.

The procedural vote came after nearly three hours of debate in which it became clear that the votes, considered close by supporters and opponents, were not there to pass the bill.

The Senate passed the bill being considered by the House on Feb. 24.

During today's debate, the House killed two amendments to the bill in voice votes including one

House leaders and bill sponsors acknowledged that the move to send the bill back to the House Judiciary Committee effectively kills the bill this year.

Common sense, please March 11, 2011 at 11:28 PM
I am grateful to our lawmakers who see the wisdom in upholding traditional marriage as a bedrock on which our very existence as a nation is built. Marriage is rooted in the church, there are numerous mentions of it in the Bible....A radical re definition only serves to cause moral confusion among impressionable children and further erodes traditional values that have kept families strong and secure. The greatest good for society is its preservation of its children. It is foundational and must not be taken lightly. And the whole aspect of freedom of conscience needs to be considered..how many teachers can excuse themselves from the sex education in 5th grade where all sexual experiences would have to be covered. This was a wise decision.
Sean Tully March 11, 2011 at 11:30 PM
The runaway Legislature. Couldn't say "I do" to history.
K March 12, 2011 at 01:23 AM
Thank God for the continued sanctity of holy matrimony - the union between a man and woman
Tom Barnes March 12, 2011 at 01:40 AM
Because we don't have the 14th ammendment in the our national Constitution, right? No, you cannot vote on a minority. They are protected because of goonish idea's like this.
Stacy Rawlings March 12, 2011 at 01:42 AM
I am so disappointed for my Gay and Lesbian friends. How cowardly of the delegates. They send a message of discrimination to everyone. Makes me sick. I am so sorry to hear this!
Tom Barnes March 12, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Sanctity of matrimony? ROFL Yeah, because the straight folks are just sooooooooooo good at it, right? Come on. 52% divorce rate? Okey dokey. Annulments after having children? 30 second marriages in Nevada? That's really REALLY holy. ROFL I am sorry, I just can't stop laughing at that.
John Toomey March 12, 2011 at 01:48 AM
I agree with you Allan. My partner have been with each other for over 25 years. We have been married in; Canada, England, and Australia. It is such a great feeling to know we are not recognized in our home state OR country. Double taxes, double medical...... etc...
John Toomey March 12, 2011 at 01:49 AM
No comment.
Stacy Rawlings March 12, 2011 at 01:51 AM
Sickening isn't it!
Stacy Rawlings March 12, 2011 at 01:58 AM
I don't know what schools teach, but I taught my children that marriages and families could be comprised of opposite or same sexes. I want them and their generation to be more loving and accepting of people of all beliefs and lifestyles. We live in such a faux-pious and intolerant society. It shames me.
tim March 12, 2011 at 04:11 AM
God destroyed Sodom and Gommorah with fire because of the filth of Sodomites. Who says he cannot do that to our nation? Jesus said in Matthew19:5 : Jesus said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Wake up. God is watching.
Common sense, please March 12, 2011 at 05:42 AM
Yes, Tim! This nation was founded on Judeo Christian principles and we have been blessed and preserved as a country because of it..the foundational truths in the Bible are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Marriage is sacred and instituted by God in the book of Genesis...
jon posner March 12, 2011 at 11:44 AM
jeez, when people quote the bible on comment boards, I know they have no cogent argument.
jon posner March 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM
+1 Tom Don't forget to include such societal and holy treasures as spousal abuse, custody battles, and arranged marriages. Many people fail to raise their heads and look around when they defend the "holiness and sanctity" of marriage.
Elihu Eli El March 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM
SHARE (Everyone needs to know this): States Matrimony Act of 2011 Holy Matrimony equals Marriage matrimony does not equal Marriage The state can not determine Holy Matrimony...only The Church can do that..There is a separation between Church and State; or did you forget. If it was about protecting the fundamental right of two same-sex persons to wed, then lawmakers would have simply changed the word from "marriage" to "matrimony". No…Federal lobbyists who are also Maryland State Delegates are trying to make a name for themselves by showing that they are powerful enough to beat religious institutions, redefine morality, and create a new set of their lobbyists formed code of ethics. http://www.friendsofeli.com/live/video_popup.php/matrimony.doc?id=20&download=1&bipass=1&start_dl=1 Federal lobbyist brandishing political might over us Vs A simple common sense solution 202-225-5341: Call and tell President Obama’s right-hand man {Congressman Chris Van Hollen}…”Lobbyists should not profit from our turmoil.” http://www.heathermizeur.com http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1003&bih=550&q=%22mizeugroup.com%22+site%3Asoprweb.senate.gov&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=f&oq=
Elihu Eli El March 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM
SHARE (Everyone needs to know this): States Matrimony Act of 2011 Holy Matrimony equals Marriage matrimony does not equal Marriage The state can not determine Holy Matrimony...only The Church can do that..There is a separation between Church and State; or did you forget. If it was about protecting the fundamental right of two same-sex persons to wed, then lawmakers would have simply changed the word from "marriage" to "matrimony". No…Federal lobbyists who are also Maryland State Delegates are trying to make a name for themselves by showing that they are powerful enough to beat religious institutions, redefine morality, and create a new set of their lobbyists formed code of ethics. http://www.friendsofeli.com/live/video_popup.php/matrimony.doc?id=20&download=1&bipass=1&start_dl=1 Federal lobbyist brandishing political might over us Vs A simple common sense solution 202-225-5341: Call and tell President Obama’s right-hand man {Congressman Chris Van Hollen}…”Lobbyists should not profit from our turmoil.” http://www.heathermizeur.com http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1003&bih=550&q=%22mizeugroup.com%22+site%3Asoprweb.senate.gov&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=f&oq=
JT March 12, 2011 at 03:56 PM
The Md. Same-Sex Marriage Bill Dies With No Final Vote. Maryland's legislators should be ashamed of themselves for allowing outside groups and religious beliefs to sway their votes and deny individuals basic rights and civil liberties. Bigotry has won the day in Maryland. How sad. JT
myra Welsh March 12, 2011 at 05:17 PM
For Allan S Instead of trying to change the definition of marriage and our state laws, why are you not petitioning the insurance companies to cover life long partners on their policies?? Seems to me that would be more direct in correcting your problem instead of trying to change the entire culture toward your unique way of thinking. MBW
Stacy Rawlings March 12, 2011 at 05:34 PM
The entire culture? LOL! You think Allen S. is all by his lonesome in his wish to see this passed? I am not Gay or Lesbian, but I wish it to pass. It is a discrimination that has gone on too long. The insurance companies are hiding behind/using these laws to deny them these benefits and other rights they most certainly should have under their circumstances, that's why Allen S and others can get no relief. Do some research before you post.
Norma Butcher March 12, 2011 at 06:03 PM
I just wonder if the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah thought the same way? If so, guess it didn't work out so good for them either - unless all you bleeding hearts and PC's out there think that the Bible and it's teachings are also 'archaic' and 'bunk'... So, what the political correctness bunch is basically telling me and those like me - that because the society in which I live is lowering the morality factor, that I should change my way of thinking and lower MY morals as well? Hmmmm, don't see that happening!
Terri Czarski March 12, 2011 at 06:03 PM
What a laugh. My former sister- in -law just got married for the 4th time. She has no intention of procreating. But I can't marry my partner of over 30 years! If anyone has ruined the"sanctity' of marriage ( sanctity, BTW, being a religious not civil law, concept) it is straight folks.
Terri Czarski March 12, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Yep, Jon. Clear evidence of their inability to think analytically as well as clear lack of knowledge of the operation of our system of laws and the Constitution. If they want to live in a theocracy, I will be happy to purchase plane tickets for them to some special places in the Middle East.
Robert Armstrong March 12, 2011 at 10:03 PM
It looks like the Flying Spaghetti Monster is on board with it. Q: What Does the Flying Spaghetti Monster think of Same Sex Marriage? A: The CotFSM has no judgement on same sex marriage, for/against; that is to say, all are welcome into the loving embrace of His Noodly Appendage. (And there are many gay/bi members).
Terri Czarski March 13, 2011 at 12:35 AM
Umm, it is pretty much current scientific understanding that Sodom and Gomorrah as well as many other cities in the region , were obliterated by the heat of a passing asteroid. As it passed overhead, it was about 750 degrees F. I doubt god smote anyone,; just a natural function of the universe.
tim March 13, 2011 at 01:08 AM
Well then Terri, Explain why Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt for looking back at the wickedness and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and why the Dead Sea even today has large pillars of salt tha represent a monument to that event. Also, who was it that checked the temperature of this imaginary asteroid. What is scientific is that same sex relaionships produce disease and not life.
John March 13, 2011 at 01:49 AM
We gays do not generally procreate, so we need to indoctrinate those of you who do procreate into giving us access to your children. We will die out unless we can convert others. The problem is we must convert others faster than we are dying due to aids and other diseases. So it is a real matter of life and death that the MD legislature treat us as a cresature that will go extinct without them. We could be the next Dodo bird or T-Rex if the government doesn't supplement our cause with positions teaching in eolementary schools, etc.
fred4401 March 13, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Now the truth comes out. thanks John< The more comments i read from the patch people, the more I find out how liberal they are, Well I guess they have to keep up with the rest of the press.
Robert Armstrong March 13, 2011 at 04:36 AM
".....Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt......" Thats funny. You actually believe somebody can be turned into a pillar of salt?? How about being turned into a frog? .... or a Newt??
Terri Czarski March 13, 2011 at 01:59 PM
You know, I have viloated my long standing rule while engaging in this discussion with you: "I refuse to have a battle of the wits with an unarmed person." The Bible, particularly the Old Testament, is a series of stories (perhaps fiction, perhaps allegory) to explain what was then unexplainable to people who did not at the the time have access to our level of scientific knowledge. If you choose to believe such stories, again that is your right under tthe laws of this country. However, once again, under our laws , you do not have a right to impose those beliefs on anyone else. Since your main objections to gay marriage appear to be rooted in the "ick factor" ( your words) and strained readings of a book that has suspect provenance , I merely ask you to not stand in the way of marriage equality for people who do not share those "beliefs." In short, no one is forcing you to marry another man, so why do you even care?
Terry Turbin March 14, 2011 at 03:19 AM
This is a very well thought out response. My hat is off to you.Thank you for your stand and remember that when you stand for whats right you shine as a bright light ever exposing the evils of darkness. We must press on and fight because this issue will raise its ugly head again and again. sign me thankful for people like you.

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