After passing the Maryland Senate and the governor’s promise to sign the bill into law, the state’s gay marriage bill died Friday without getting a final vote in the House.
The House did not believe it had the 71 votes needed to pass the measure, and sent it back to committee without a final vote. They have vowed to bring the bill back for a vote next year.
A sad say for supporters of equality. Maryland residents remain second class citizens for at least another year.
The Maryland state senate voted yesterday to pass legislation to allow same-sex marriages. The Civil Marriage Protection Act was approved by a 25-21 vote and had a strong backing by the democratic majority.
The bill now moves to the Maryland House, which is expected to begin a hearing on the bill today.
If the bill becomes law, Maryland will become the sixth state to allow gay marriage.
Over 140 witnesses were registered to testify at the Maryland Senate hearing today on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
Of course, Maggie Gallagher, the leader of the National Organization for Marriage, was there to testify in opposition.
Thankfully, a majority of the members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee support the bill, so it will make it to the full Senate very soon.
From American Apparel’s Daily Update:
Yesterday an American Apparel store in Silver Spring, Maryland had a window broken by someone upset over the company’s support for gay marriage. Our Georgetown location and others in the areas have received similar threats. We just wanted to use this forum here to announce that not only are they not going to prevent us from speaking out on an issue that is important to this company and our employees but we’ll continue to run Legalize Gay advertisements in papers across DC-Metro area. We’ll also send Legalize Gay t-shirts to any group in Washington DC that is fighting for gay rights and will help support any protest or rally for the cause.
We don’t find this kind of thing funny and we definitely don’t find it intimidating. Thanks to everyone who has reached out to us and if you need anything please contact: Jonny at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 488-0226
Thank you American Apparel for not only refusing to back down to these low and cowardly anti-LGBT advocates, but also stepping up support for marriage equality in the face of such violent actions.