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Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Law goes to 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 .

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

The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 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.

All of Montgomery County's eight senators voted yes on the bill.

Sean Carr February 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM
It has always been legal for homosexuals to marry ... as long as they marry someone of the opposite sex. Somehow, that makes sense to some people.
The Big Egg February 25, 2012 at 04:06 AM
It makes no sense to me to suggest that a gay man marry a straight woman. That seems to be a cruel thing to do to her. Same for a lesbian woman marrying a straight guy.
The Big Egg February 25, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Here are some existing limits on marriage: minimum age: still in place consanguinity: still in place monogamy: still in place same-sex: evolving limits miscegenation: revoked So, what is and is not a marriage can be subject to evolving social norms. Interracial marriage is now allowed. Same-sex marriages are gaining acceptance. Some day, maybe we'll be allowed more than one spouse, though I can't imagine why someone would want twice the trouble.
jnrentz1 February 25, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Mr. Hawkins, I support petition to referendum.
Rob Saah Technology Enterprise's February 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I think its great, it should be legalized.I dont see what the problem is.

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