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Md. Senate To Debate Gay Marriage Bill Thursday

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate is expected this week to debate and vote on a measure to legalize gay marriage as supporters prepare to resist amendments that they say could kill the measure.

Republican leaders asked that discussion of the bill be postponed until Thursday. The measure is expected to pass and would make Maryland the eighth state to legalize gay marriage.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate could meet into Thursday night to consider the bill, which barely passed the House of Delegates last week. Debate could continue Friday before a final vote is taken, the Democrat said.

Last year the Senate passed a similar measure by 25 to 21.

Opponents have offered an amendment to change the bill’s effective date. They also say they have asked Attorney General Doug Gansler for feedback on the constitutionality of amendments added to the House version.

Letters regarding the amendments, which would delay the bill’s effective date from October to January 2013 and keep the law from going into effect until any litigation related to a potential voters’ referendum on the measure is processed, were issued from the attorney general’s office to House members last week.

The letters confirmed that delaying the effective date would only ensure that a referendum on the bill could be adequately executed and that the other amendment is constitutionally sound.

Sen. C. Anthony Muse, D-Prince George’s, who voted against the bill last year, said he will also offer an amendment during debate.

“This is such a sensitive issue,” Muse said. “It’s an issue that I think deserves the kind of time and debate that we’ll need in order to deal with this in an adequate fashion.”

Sen. Jamie Raskin, who will shepherd the bill on the floor, said those who want to see the bill pass should resist amendments because it would send the measure back to the House where gathering enough support for altered legislation would be difficult.

“I think that we all know that any effort to amend the bill at this point is essentially to kill the bill,” the Montgomery County Democrat said. “It may look like a placebo, but it is a poison pill.”

Advocates say they are confident they have not lost any votes.

“I don’t anticipate a single vote has changed, but if it has, fine,” said Miller, who opposes the legislation. “That’s up to the body.”

Opponents vow to petition the bill to referendum if it passes the Senate, which would put the measure to voters in November.

They will need to collect at least 55,726 valid signatures of Maryland voters to put it on the ballot and can begin collecting names as soon as the bill passes both chambers.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

    WARM WINTER, LOW DEMAND ON OIL/FUEL. WE ARE BEING RAPED BY MIKULSKI, CARDIN, OMALLY, AND THE REST OF THEM. THIS ISN’T PRIORTY BUSSINESS,EVEN THE GAY WOULD AGREE. WE ARE BEING OVER PRICED AT THE PUMPS, WHICH LEADS TO GROCERYS OVER PRICED AND FAMILYS STRUGGLE. AS THEY SIT IN THIS HEARING ARE THEY HEARING WE ARE ABOUT TO PAY 5 BUCKS FOR GAS. MARYLAND YOU PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO WAKE UP, YOU KEEP PUTTING THE SAME MISTAKES IN OFFICE, YOU HATE CHANGE THAT BAD. MIKULSKI HAS ENOUGH GAS FOR THE NEXT FEW DECADES

    1. Reality check says:

      Without Mikulski in office do you realize how many jobs would not be in this state? She has done so much and no one is perfect, but look at what she has done for this state before you start slamming her on comment post.

      1. Reality check says:

        Furthermore, I am pretty sure the gay community would not agree with your claim that this issue (Gay Marriage) is not “Priority Business” for them

  2. RavenLude says:

    thats exactly right…….it is priority business for gays (who happen to make up a very small percentage of the citizens in MD). i cant wait for this low priority issue to be done and gone so that the focus can be on much greater issues.
    mikulski is a career politician (which means she probably has worked a real and honest days work in her entire life). i cant wait for that loud mouth troll to retire!

    1. Reality check says:

      Honest days work, RavenLude why don’t you pull up her daily schedule for the past 30 years. You will be suprised how many honest days work this woman has put into her job. But then again “you” calling someone a ‘troll’ kinda tells me the type of person “you” are.

      1. RavenLude says:

        she is a troll…….and the type of person i am is a hard working, law abiding, tax paying citizen of this state, and im sick and tired of the worthless democrats who hold a monopoly over all of us.

  3. RavenLude says:

    here is a reality check for reality check……
    good job being a typical life long MD democrat who only votes for for democrats.
    owemalley is the greatest governor in MD history……if u base it off of how much he cheats, steals, and lies

    1. Reality check says:

      For your information I cross party lines and I did not for “owemalley”. So stop assuming you know me. Because you don’t.

      1. RavenLude says:

        congratulations on actually being a freethinking MD democrat. the majority of ur kind simply vote for whichever individual has a D next to the name.

      2. Reality check says:

        I will take that as a complement. So thank you

  4. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

    MIKULSKI IS A OVEREATING SLOB, AND IF SHE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT HER APPEARANCE SHE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT HER SELF. WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE US?

    1. Gardner says:

      Funny… would you say the same of Mississippi governor Haley Barbour or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie? Also, the reddest, rightest, most conservative Republican states are the most obese and have the highest rates of heart disease and diabetes. You may have wanted to think that straw man through before you set it up.

      1. MIKULSKI A OVEREATING OVER SIZED LAZY HUMAN BEING says:

        gardner,. does citys are thriving . maryland isn’t mikulski is to old, over weight, and out of touch. she is involved with gay marriages and kids teeth. while the rest of the state caves.

      2. Gardner says:

        “does citys”? You really should have stayed in school.

  5. hahaha says:

    gardner I think we are talking about md. typical dem fall back phrase. everyone else is doing it

  6. gardnerbwills says:

    Sure, talk about Maryland. What about that gargantuan pig Pat McDonough? I bet you love him. Why don’t you invite him out to dinner at the new Sonic on Pulaski Highway and buy him some greasy curly fries and a few chili cheese dogs?

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