Md. Senate Preps For History-Making Debate On Gay Marriage

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Gearing up for a fight. A history-making debate is about to take place in the Maryland Senate over same-sex marriage.

Political reporter Pat Warren has more on reaction to Thursday’s vote approving gay marriage in Maryland.

Lawmakers and citizens are drawing battle lines. Advocates of traditional marriage say a rally a few years ago is small compared to what may be coming now that same-sex marriage is gaining ground.

“I can’t tell you the amount of calls I’ve taken and people e-mailing just saying ‘Is this actually going on in the state of Maryland?’ and I say ‘Yep, it actually is,’” said Derek McCoy, Maryland Family Alliance and Family Council. “You gotta speak up and let your voice be heard.”

Gay marriage supporters who rallied Monday are just as determined to see their cause prevail.

“We want our rights, and we want to be able to get married here,” said one gay rights advocate.

Senate President Mike Miller predicts an emotional debate, which could go on non-stop for days.

“We’ll just see how it goes. If people get angry and act like fools then I’ll treat ’em like angry fools and say we’ll stay here this weekend to get things done one way or the other,” said Miller. ”If there’s no rancor and people want to talk, I’ll let the bill be special ordered and then we’ll finally bring it to a vote.”

Two key senators Rob Gariogiola, who sponsored the bill, and Nancy Jacobs, who leads the opposition, have already predicted the outcome of the vote.

“I’m fairly confident that it’s going to pass in the Senate,” Gariogiola said.

“I’m sadly confident,” Jacobs said.

The Senate President says he expects the debate will begin a week from Tuesday.

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  • Robert Anderson

    I can not believe Md. is wasting time voting on this issue. Marriage is between a man and woman. I am sure this will be voted down if it is placed on the ballot
    for the public to vote on.
    Also Md. does not know what illegal means. Illegals do not belong here, much less get instate fees to our colleges.

  • Tom

    Absolutely for gay marriage! They can have the same pain for the divorce. Makes more money for lawyers and bottle up the courts some more! Fighting over draperies n pink furniture. I got one of these types living next to me, them people keep their house all neat n fancy with their rat dog all prettier up. Looking At them make me want hug them!

    • Wheres common sense when you need it

      What happened to love my neighbor and do to others as I would want other to do to me? I thought marriage was “for better or worse, till death do us part”. So a man and women can ruin the instution of marriage with divorce and the such but gays can’t? Religous BLA BLA BLA. Rob can go live in the Middle East with the rest of the religous haters. He can run around and judge people just as if he was God himself. They will love him over there. Anyway, can’t wait for the first season of Gay Divorce Court. Who do you think is going to get the pink furniture. Let people get married and be happy. Oh and Rob, take the time you spend judging gays and put it to making yourself a better person.

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