February 15th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland is moving to the House of Delegates. Two House committees voted Tuesday to send the measure to the full chamber.
In an unusual move by House Speaker Michael Busch, the bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Government Operations Committee, which have voted to move the measure forward.
Last year, Busch referred the bill only to the Judiciary Committee which approved it 12-10.
Tuesday's vote was 25-18, but a majority of delegates on the Judiciary Committee voted against the bill. Democrat Sam Arora of Montgomery County, who sits on the Judiciary Committee did not vote today. He voted in favor of the bill last year in committee. Chairman Joe Vallario, who voted to send the bill to the floor last year, voted against the bill