Bill to legalize gay marriage in Maryland moves forward

Thu. February 17, 2011 1:55 PM by News Staff

Baltimore, Md. - A Maryland state senate committee approved a bill to legalize gay marriage on Thursday, the first step towards passage of the law.

The Washington Post reported that legislators voted 7 to 4 to send the bill to the full Senate floor, and that debate on the charged issue is expected next week.

The Post has polled Maryland state senators on how they will vote, and their tally has it winning passage by the narrowest of margins, if one wavering senator, Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore), says yes. She's sent mixed messages in interviews in the past week.

(Information about how to contact Joan Carter Conway can be found here.)

If the bill passes the Senate, it is expected to easily pass the House.

Five other states and the District of Columbia currently allow gay marriage.