Drive begins to enact gay marriage law in Maryland

by on January 10, 2011  •  In Marriage, States

The 2011 session of the Maryland legislature starts Wednesday, and it may well lead to another state's legalization of same-sex marriage before adjournment three months later, on April 11. The game changer, according to the Washington Post, is that a majority of members of the Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee have publicly committed to voting for a same-sex marriage bill.

The Republican minority in the State Senate is likely to filibuster a marriage bill, but the Senate president (a conservative Dem who opposes it) has said he would bring the bill to a floor vote. Advocates believe that they have enough votes in the House of Delegates to pass a marriage equality bill, and Governor Martin O'Malley has said he will sign it.

But – and this is a big but – Maryland law allows residents to petition for a ballot question as to recently passed laws. A successful signature drive would put a new marriage law on hold, pending the results of a statewide referendum in November 2012.


2 Responses to Drive begins to enact gay marriage law in Maryland

  1. Brad Fallon January 15, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Before a bill would become a law it should be voted by the majority of the House. The law-making body should take into consideration how this bill would affect the society and how the people would respond to it.

  2. Solitary Muser January 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    According to the Post article, getting enough signatures for a referendum petition is a challenge. If there is a successful petition, cannot imagine that there won’t be a court challenge to the signatures.

    Our side does not do so well with referenda, and if I were Equality Maryland, or the HRC and the rest of Gay, Inc. I would be doing the groundwork to the referendum staring immediately after the elections in November 2010.

    I wrote some similar thoughts on my blog about Maryland and Rhode Island.

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