Number 8: Maryland Lawmakers say,”I Do” to Marriage Equality

Maryland is poised to become the eighth state in the Union to allow same-sex couples to marry. On a vote of 25-22, the Senate passed the legislation Thursday evening.

Maryland’s Governor, Gov. Martin O’Malley, plans on signing the bill within a week.

“All children deserve the opportunity to live in a loving, caring, committed, and stable home, protected equally under the law,” O’Mally said in a statement following Thursday’s vote.

The bill narrowly passed Maryland’s House of Delegates last Friday.

Two weeks ago, lawmakers in Washington State passed a similar measure, which was signed into law by Governor Chris Gregoire during an emotional ceremony in Olympia.

Lawmakers in New Jersey also passed a marriage equality bill but it was vetoed  last week by N.J. Governor Chris Christie.

Six states and the District of Columbia  already allow same-sex marriage.

According to CNN: “Legislation [has also been] introduced recently to allow same-sex marriages in Illinois, and bills from 2011 remain technically active in Hawaii and Minnesota. An effort is also underway to put a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage on the November ballot in Maine.”

As for when wedding bells will ring in Maryland, that is  still anybody’s guess, “Implementation of the measure is far from certain. Even supporters concede that the law will likely be petitioned to referendum, and they expect Maryland voters to have the final say in November. The legislation has an effective date of January 2013 — well after the November election,” reports the Baltimore Sun.

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