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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.

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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