January 10th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
For the second year in a row, state lawmakers will debate same sex marriage legislation, as the 2012 Session of the Maryland General Assembly starts tomorrow. WBAL reports that last year, the bill was taken off the floor of the House of Delegates when supporters determined they did not have the votes to pass it. The bill did pass the Senate last year by a 25-21 vote with Democrat Joanne Benson not voting. After largely staying on the sidelines last year, Governor O’Malley is making same sex marriage part of his legislative agenda. He tells undecided lawmakers to think of the issue in terms of the children of same sex couples, and whether or not they should be treated differently. While House Speaker Michael Busch says that lawmakers are being lobbied heavily to vote in support of the bill- O’Malley, speaking at a recent press conference, insists he is not promising lawmakers anything for their vote.