The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, in a big hurry to get O’Malley’s gay marriage bill passed before anyone changes their mind, voted the bill out of committee and will be blocking efforts to amend it. If it is amended, it would return to the House of Delegates where it very nearly failed last week.
Below is the Hagerstown Herald Mail on the story:
Maryland senators are unlikely to approve any amendments to a bill legalizing gay marriage, worried that if it heads back to the House of Delegates, it could be in trouble because the vote to pass it there was so close.
Members of the state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee rejected two changes to the bill Tuesday, and proponents say they plan to do the same when the measure reaches the chamber floor later this week.
“A little bit of Wite-Out is the guillotine here. Don’t touch the bill if you support it,” Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, told committee members before they shot down changes that would have legalized civil unions and overruled an amendment made in the House last week.
The committee’s 7-4 vote — identical to one last year on a similar bill — moves the legislation to the full Senate, which is expected to take a final vote soon.
If it passes, both supporters and oponents expect the bill to be decided in a referendum in November.
There is more, read on.
Del. Neil Parrott is already gearing up to put a petition drive in place to allow the voters to decide this important issue at the ballot box—making for one more reason to get out the conservative vote in November.
Richard Falknor, writing at Blue Ridge Forum has a good post today on what this all means, here.
And, the Huffington Post has an article about Republican Del. Wade Kach and how he says he came to change his mind and vote for gay marriage. The Dick Cheney surrogate supposed phone call sounds fishy to me. Others have posited that he was offered a job by Governor O’Malley in exchange for his vote. I don’t know if that has been confirmed.