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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 October 1—thus removing an amendment by Del. Wade Kach, a Baltimore County Republican, that set the effective date as January 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 is also 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," said Miller. "We adopted the favorable committee report."

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

Tom Barnes February 26, 2012 at 01:23 PM
It's always nice to see such wonderful 'christians' post, Carol and Paul. No need to wonder why so many have walked away from the church. But I want to thank all of you for dying on the cross for me. Oh wait. That was Jesus that did that. Ah, so I will let Him be my judge. I don't live my life for man or woman and their opinion and judgement. Mine is lived for God; and frankly that is all that matters.
Paul Amirault February 26, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Tom, did you miss my sarcasm? You usually always see it. Must be early today <[;-)))
Tom Barnes February 26, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Yep, I missed it. I vowed to stay away from the Patch at this point after watching people like Roope and Foley attack venomously anyone that they can, including children, and the Patch allows it. I've already sent a letter off to their NY corporate headquarters since the comments aren't being moderated or following TOS •is threatening, harassing or that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; •promotes or encourages violence; •is inaccurate, false or misleading in any way; Yep, they are allowing it to happen and it's time to put a stop to it. So, sorry if I missed the joking... I'm exhausted by the bullys (let's call it what is it) and their bigotry.
Buck Harmon February 26, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Well said Monica..
shirley carroll February 26, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Hmmm..politics, opinions, arguments, rants, raves, rationales, contemporary acceptance, human logic, (or whatever) In the final anaylsis - one question is predominates - Do we live our lives to please ourselves or God? Jesus said."And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. John 8:29 God gave us a concience that speaks to what we do whether it is "right" or "wrong" - which, sadly, some have "chosen" to discard. I thank God for his patience with all of us..till we get it right and put Him first..love you all. KJV

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