Maryland poised to approve same-sex marriage

Maryland is a blue, blue state. So blue, in fact, that the Democrats gained seats in the state Senate this past November when Republicans were racking up big wins elsewhere. And Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley won re-election by a healthy margin.

Now, in spite of historic opposition by both the Catholic bishops and the black churches, the state appears to be in a position to join a growing number of jurisdictions in approving same-sex marriage.

The neighboring District of Columbia approved such a measure in March of this year.

The leadership in the House of Delegates says they have the votes to pass such a measure, but the state Senate may have to overcome a filibuster. If that is successful, Governor O’Malley, a Catholic himself, is prepared to sign such legislation.

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