Maryland Senate Debates Gay Marriage; Holds Preliminary Vote

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — History could be made in Maryland as early as Thursday.  A same-sex marriage bill is one step closer to passage after a close vote in the Senate.

Mike Hellgren breaks down the passionate debate.

The Senate will hold a final vote Thursday and then it’s on to the House.  After that, it will go to the governor, who says he’ll sign it into law.

This topic has generated passion, no matter what side you’re on.

“Every senator and delegate who comes down here comes down with their own set of values,” said Senator Nancy Jacobs.  “Mine come from my family and my faith.”

“My partner and I are married.  We got married in a church.  We believe our relationship is a marriage and it’s a matter of whether or not we can get a license from our state,” said Senator Richard Stuart Madaleno, Jr.

If the legislation passes, Maryland would join Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington D.C., all places where it’s legal.

Many opponents, like Maryland’s Senate president, would like to see same-sex marriage brought to a vote of the people.  That referendum could come as quickly as November of next year.

“The people will be able to vote objectively without the far left or the far right dominating the discussion,” said Mike Miller.

Amendments make clear churches don’t have to marry gay couples and religious organizations don’t have to provide insurance to same-sex couples.  For the bill’s sponsor, that’s acceptable.

“The churches can control what takes place in the church hall, but the constitution and the government control what takes place in city hall,” said Jamin B. Raskin.  “It’s a deeply personal thing, falling in love and deciding to spend one’s life with someone and to decide to have and to hold and to bear life’s joys and burden together.”

The debate was civil and Miller cautioned against making too many amendments.

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  1. JOE S says:

    THIS IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY… WHO CARES IF MEN LOVE MEN WOMEN LOVE WOMEN AND THEY WANT TO GET MARRIED WHO THE HELL ARE WE OR THEY TO JUDGE THEM.

  2. JOE S says:

    pass a law to allow them to marry why are we treating them any differnt???????

    1. shannette says:

      don’t pass the Law the world will end soon how can two men or two women produce

      1. SueM says:

        Then the law should be that we are to go through physicals so that ONLY people who are ABLE to reproduce, and of course are WILLING to produce should be allowed to marry. Is this REALLY what you are saying?

        Let’s not forget that marriage is NOT a religious status, it is a leal status. You can get married by your religious leader, however if you have not gone to the government to get your marriage license, the marriage is not a recognized marriage.

      2. Tiffany Duvall says:

        lets see if we pass this now i may not have grand children what are there going to be majical but babys ? i think these people just need to get over this stage in theyre life and live like everyone else u dont see deer humping deer of the same sex or any animal in general seems like the bottom of the food chain figured it out first maybe that y dinosours are extinct

  3. shannette says:

    the world will end soon look what happen to rome

    1. Matt Kleid says:

      Spare us the procreation double standard. We all know couples get married every day who not only cannot have children, but haven’t even the slightest desire to. It is wrong to treat people differently just because they are different. Now, this nation has seen civil rights movements time and again for all sorts of people to be treated equally under the law, and the story ends in exactly the same way every time.

    2. Herx says:

      Rome fell after 250 years of Christian rule. Pagan Rome was strong. It looks like Christianity causes the fall of countries.

  4. willie man hanging says:

    Oh please ,people stop….You all sound dumber than a box of rocks. Opinions are like your a….hole, everyone has one & they all stink.

  5. Chris says:

    GOD created marriage to be between a MAN and a WOMAN. END OF STORY!!

    1. SueM says:

      Chris – GOD is wonderful. I believe in GOD and believe that HE has created all o us in his image.

      However in this country there is a separation of church and state. If you don’t beileve in same sex marriage, then don’t marry someone of the same sex. If you believe that a marriage is a religious and not a legal status, then you need to be educated on the rights that same sex couples do not enjoy.

      Judge not, lest ye be judged.

      1. Judy says:

        Yes judge not lest ye be judged but if you know the right from the wrong then guide the people. Marriage is in fact in the bible between man and woman. Let”s not forget Noah’s day, and Sodom and Gomorah. They lived licentious and sexually perverse lives up until the day they didn’t have the right to live because of Gods wrath. If you do believe in the bible and quote it, I suggest you do a little more research as to what it actually says as awhole, and not just pick and choose phrases. Yes Love all people this is true but the definition of marriage must be clearly defined or maybe because I love my rabbit so much I will be able to mary it- or maybe two or three men because I love them all. Can’t you see the chaos this will bring- If we have no established definition of marriage then we can all just go on our “feelings” but who decides if our feelings are correct? Yes GOD- certainly not you or I.

  6. Grandma says:

    Just let people love who they love. Don’t judge.

  7. Bite Me says:

    Is there nothing better for the senate to work on?

    Why don’t they help with balancing the budget already?

    Work on creating new laws so that funding dollars for MTA and other areas of funding will not go into that funding area. (And NOT the General fund)

    Go to work on this for 3 month’s you bunch of incompetent Knuckleheads.

  8. It's Me says:

    The word is platonic…It’s not a bad word, my friend.

  9. Willie man hanging says:

    You know what happens when you mix fruits & leave them for awhile? They get rancid & go bad. Enough said.

  10. Tia Smith says:

    WHEN GOD COME BACK HE IS COMING BACK FOR THE SINNERS FIRST. WHO ARE WE TO SIT BACK AND JUDGE THATS AH SIN RIGHT THERE ITS ONLY ONE THE WORLD IS GONNA END REGUARDLESS SO AS YOU SPEAK ON OTHERS ISSUSE MAKE SURE U CLEAN UNDER YA RUG BEFORE YOU SPEAK ON ISSUSES LOOK WHAT HAPPEN TO ROME SOMEONE SAID ALSO LOOK WHAT HAPPEN TO DAVID PETER MARY AND SO FOURTH QUOTE FROM THE BIBLE BUT YET GOING ASTRAY FROM IT ….ITS ONE JUDGE NO SIN IS GREATER THEN THE OTHER EVERYONE HAVE AH BLESSED DAY AND I WILL PRAY FOR ALL SOULS

  11. Tom says:

    I hope I can get married to my dog. He’s been the best thing I ever had. I don’t see the difference. So legislators hear me! I love my dog and I want to get married!

  12. Herx says:

    Twenty years after we pass same sex marriage people will wonder why it was ever controversial. The world will go as usual.

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