The Washington Post is reporting that the marriage equality legislation, which made it out of committee yesterday, is expected to pass in the Senate next week. That’s significant because the Senate has been considered the tougher chamber for this bill, but we have the 24 votes for passage. The marriage bill is expected to pass the House and the Governor will sign it. This will all happen in the next couple weeks since the Maryland General Assembly adjourns on April 11:
The 7-to-4 vote by the Judicial Proceedings Committee sends the bill the Senate floor, where a lengthy and emotional debate is expected next week on the most high-profile social issue facing lawmakers during their 90-day session.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) predicted Thursday that the bill narrowly would pass in his chamber. The legislation next would move to the House of Delegates, traditionally the more liberal chamber on social policy.
Maryland would join the District and five other states in allowing marriages between same-sex couples.
But, we could face a referendum in 2012 to repeal the new law because voters still get a say in some basic civil rights.