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Senate Delays Same-Sex Marriage Vote

Lengthy debate and amendments expected Thursday.

The Maryland Senate has delayed its vote on same-sex marriage legislation until Thursday.

The 47 legislators had planned to take up the bill, which was passed Friday by the House of Delegates, during its Wednesday morning session.

The opponents said the procedural delay would allow them time to seek an opinion from the attorney general on several amendments as well as prepare additional amendments that could be offered Thursday.

One amendment, offered by Sen. Edward Reilly, an Anne Arundel County Republican, would allow the law to go into effect on Oct. 1—thus removing an amendment by Delegate Wade Kach, a Baltimore County Republican, that set the effective date as Jan. 1, 2013.

"It may look like a placebo, but this is really a poison pill," said Jamie Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat. "Any effort to amend the bill is an effort to kill it."

Proponents and opponents acknowledge that changing the bill at this point will be nearly impossible.

Passage in the Senate also is expected.

"I don't anticipate a single vote has changed," said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

Miller said he had hoped the Senate would deal with the bill Thursday "so we can move on with the business of the state."

"We've made progress though," Miller said. "We adopted the favorable committee report."

The Senate is expected to take up the bill again Thursday morning.

cynthia February 24, 2012 at 01:58 PM
David, I stand firm on my comment. A Medical Power of Attorney is a legal instrument that allows you to select the person that you want to make healthcare decisions for you if and when you become unable to make them for yourself(my family has one for our mother and we are not married to her). Joint Tenancy-at the death of one-ownership of the remaining property passes to the surviving tenants or successors who assert the right of survivorship (you don't have to be married to have this). Advance Directive- one can name anyone to carryout funeral wishes as well as a Do Not Resucitate Order(my family also has this for our mother). I will NEVER condone the abnormal perverted behavior of homosexuals.
David February 24, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Cynthia, how would you like to have to spend thousand$ in attorney & court fees getting all those "legal" documents you speak of when a simple $25.00 marriage certificate does the job much better? Having to jump all those legal hurdles & obstacles, spend all that $ so people still put roadblocks & difficulties enforcing them. Just go across state lines, have a car wreck & all that $ spent is useless because the other state doesn't recognize their validity. Or have a medical emergency & find out you didn't carry the bucketful of documents with you, so you're out of luck! Joint tenancies can be contested & anyhow only leave you a residence right, it doesn't imply inheritance rights, so the house still gets sold-off to pay estate taxes or else is inherited by the deceased's next of kin; spouses are much better protected because they cannot be bypassed for inheritance & minimizes estate taxation. If all those documents are so great, why don't you give up your marriage & get those documents instead? For you a $25.00 marriage certificate is an option. I want it too. As far as your acceptance, I don't care to have it. I just want my $25.00 marriage certificate. By the way, I think you spend TOO MUCH time wondering about the personal lives of people. I don't. WHY DO YOU?
Mere February 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Philip, you can bare your arms now... we've never had better weather for it, either, especially in February. Enjoy!
charisse March 02, 2012 at 11:51 PM
DO ALL THE "SAME " RULES APPLY IN THIS BILL AS FAR AS IMMIGRATION & MARRIAGE. WILL YOU HAVE THE CHOICE TO FILE FOR THE SAME SEX BY WAY OF THE FIANC'E--- VISA? I WAS JUST WONDERING HOW THIS WILL CHANGE FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE CONCERNING DISTANT COUSINS & ETC.. A LOT OF PEOPLE LIVE TOGETHER AS ROOM MATES, SO WHO IS TO SAY ITS NOT A RELATIVE YOU WANT IN THIS COUNTRY?? I KNOW MANY WILLING TO BE "MARRIED"..... TO COME TO THE GOOD OLE USA... I JUST THINK MORE TO THIS IN THE LONG RUN LIKE SOME CHRISTIAN HAVE SAID.SOME WILL BE ABLE TO MARRY JUST BECAUSE OF THIS BILL WHEN ITS LEGAL.
David March 04, 2012 at 04:00 AM
This bill would grant marriage status only in Maryland. The Federal government still wouldn't recognize those marriages because of DOMA, thus it would have absolutely no effect upon immigration visas.

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