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Maryland House approves same-sex marriage
The Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2012 | David Hill

Posted on 02/18/2012 5:14:26 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ANNAPOLIS — The House voted Friday night to approve Gov. Martin O'Malley’s same-sex marriage bill, sending the legislation to the Senate and clearing what was likely its most formidable legislative hurdle.

The chamber voted 72-67 in favor of the bill, which would make Maryland the eighth state along with the District to pass legislation allowing gay marriage.

The vote drew cheers from many visitors in the House chamber balcony and touched off a celebration among the bill’s supporters, many of whom exchanged hugs and shed tears after leaving the chamber.

“It’s an amazing day here in Maryland,” said Delegate Heather D. Mizeur, a Montgomery Democrat who is openly gay. “Our time has finally come to have love free of fear and to bring a measure of equality to every family in this state.”

The bill’s supporters reached 72 votes — one more than the 71 needed for passage in the 141-member chamber — by securing support in the past week from two Republicans and three Democrats who were formerly undecided or in opposition to the bill.

The final vote came Friday afternoon, when the House accepted an amendment to the bill proposed by Delegate Tiffany Alston, Prince George’s Democrat who withdrew her co-sponsorship of last year’s failed bill and voted against this year’s bill in a Tuesday committee vote.

Ms. Alston chose to support this year’s bill after passage of the amendment, which stipulates that a gay-marriage law would not go into effect until after any potential lawsuits over a referendum effort are resolved.

House members debated the bill for about two hours Friday night, giving impassioned speeches that ranged from defending marriage as between a man and woman to lauding gay marriage as a civil right whose time has come.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; lgbt; martinomalley; michaelbusch; samesexmarriage

1 posted on 02/18/2012 5:14:36 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 02/18/2012 5:15:30 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."

- Josef Stalin

3 posted on 02/18/2012 5:18:27 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Good. Now the voice of the people will be forced to the forefront; to the extreme angst of the Left. Let them force a referendum; I’ll bet a marriage amendment passes.


4 posted on 02/18/2012 5:20:29 AM PST by fwdude
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
by securing support in the past week from two Republicans

Sometimes I wonder what is the point of supporting the GOP. GOP votes legalize gay marriage in NY, MD, NH, and I believe WA too.

5 posted on 02/18/2012 5:21:00 AM PST by C19fan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If it had to pass I am glad it passed now, when we still have time to bring it to a referendum.

Maryland may be a Dem State, but I believe we still have enough straight Marylanders to put this down in a referendum.

A for those two so called Republicans who joined this thing,

I wonder what counties they came from?


6 posted on 02/18/2012 5:26:22 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The defamation of marriage!!! Next on the agenda.......marry your dog, your cat, horse or tree...whatever. What a lost society!


7 posted on 02/18/2012 5:31:18 AM PST by kenmcg (How)
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To: Texas Eagle

Did Stalin really say that? It doesn’t sound like something he’d have said. Do you have a source?


8 posted on 02/18/2012 5:35:17 AM PST by Lady Lucky ( Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Once you redefine marriage as NOT being between one man and one woman, you will not be able to prevent it from being confined to just two people, or even two human beings.

There will be no legal basis to do so.

That is what comes next.


9 posted on 02/18/2012 5:36:39 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

God help us.


10 posted on 02/18/2012 5:45:37 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: exit82

“Once you redefine marriage as NOT being between one man and one woman, you will not be able to prevent it from being confined to just two people, or even two human beings.”

It has always been a danger, at least in modern times. When the state is involved, its definition of marriage is simply going to be whatever pols, judges, or the majority think it can be at any one time. The homosexualists and statists have to be thrilled that many have been conditioned to believe that the state determines what marriage is.

Freegards


11 posted on 02/18/2012 5:50:03 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Great State you live in Clint. I feel bad for you.


12 posted on 02/18/2012 5:55:53 AM PST by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123 and Bahbah.)
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To: exit82
Once you redefine marriage as NOT being between one man and one woman, you will not be able to prevent it from being confined to just two people, or even two human beings. There will be no legal basis to do so.That is what comes next.

What comes next is to Lose the Freedom of Religion and the Freedom of Speech. This is what happens when a society disrespects the Ten Commandments. The loss of freedoms and ultimately slavery to a dictatorship (or such) that will impose order again is required.

Just as Israel was taken to Babylon for it's sins, God has a way of dealing with wayward nations (such as ours). Returning to the Lord and Repentance is our only hope. Pray that God will Grant it. For without it, there is no hope.

13 posted on 02/18/2012 6:16:36 AM PST by sr4402
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To: Lady Lucky
This is my source:

Libertytree.ca

It's also the theme quote from this book:


Red Army: The Radical Network That Must Be Defeated to Save America

14 posted on 02/18/2012 6:18:22 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle
This is my source: Libertytree.ca

It says there, "source: attributed" and it certainly is attributed to Stalin, but I do not believe he ever said or wrote it, and at your source there are a few other people who doubt it too! Nevertheless it is a fine quote and I may steal it and start attributing it to myself! :D

15 posted on 02/18/2012 6:29:47 AM PST by Lady Lucky ( Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The article said if passed and signed into law, “would make Maryland the eighth state along with the District to pass legislation allowing gay marriage.” Which are the other seven states that passed legislation allowing gay marriage?


16 posted on 02/18/2012 6:38:58 AM PST by Catholic Iowan
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To: Texas Eagle

Great quote.


17 posted on 02/18/2012 7:01:26 AM PST by STJPII
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To: Catholic Iowan

Good question. I thought most of the states had it done by judicial fiat.

However, Washington just passed SSM, and so did New Hampshire.


18 posted on 02/18/2012 7:12:29 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Catholic Iowan

Also, Maine passed a SSM law, but it was overturned by the voters. New York passed a SSM law as well. So maybe not so much judicial fiat after all.


19 posted on 02/18/2012 7:29:43 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Texas Eagle

He was right and it’s working.


20 posted on 02/18/2012 9:04:03 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Venturer

“we still have enough straight Marylanders”

We have more than enough blacks.

Blacks don’t like homos.

What a tangled web Dems weave.


21 posted on 02/18/2012 10:54:20 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Catholic Iowan

I see where you’re going with this: in some of the states that have gay marriage now, it was imposed by courts, and you’re right to make that point. But the sad fact is there are actually more states where the legislature has passed gay marriage legislation (though in some it hasn’t gone into effect yet, was vetoed by the governor or was rejected by popular vote).

These legislatures have voted for gay marriage:

Connecticut
New Hampshire
New York
New Jersey
Washington
California
Vermont
Maine
[District of Columbia]


22 posted on 02/18/2012 11:08:57 AM PST by LonelyCon
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To: Venturer

Has to be MoCo.

Any source for the roll call yet?


23 posted on 02/18/2012 11:48:08 AM PST by gingerales
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To: gingerales

I haven’t found one.

I would bet my Democrat Delegate from St. Mary’s Coutny voted against it, but if I find out different he will hear strongly from me.


24 posted on 02/18/2012 11:50:49 AM PST by Venturer
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To: gingerales

I just found this. I knew my man had voted against it. He is a good man. The trash that voted for it are just that Trash.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/maryland-politics/post/md-same-sex-marriage-how-the-house-voted/2012/02/17/gIQALC8wKR_blog.html?wprss=rss_maryland


25 posted on 02/18/2012 12:06:49 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

I found it

http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120217/NEWS01/120217039/Maryland-gay-marriage-roll-call-votes

this one has by county rather than by district.

As expected, 8 PG dems voted against.


26 posted on 02/18/2012 12:37:47 PM PST by gingerales
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To: LonelyCon

Regarding legislatures voting for same-sex marriage.............

California’s legislature passed a same-sex marriage bill in 2005, but it was vetoed by Governor Arnold S.

New Jersey’s marriage bill was just vetoed by Governor Christie.

Connecticut passed their gay marriage law after the Connecticut Supreme Court mandated marriage status for same-sex couples. Connecticut already had a civil unions law. The legislature changed that status after being prodded by the court ruling.

All of these places are liberal places.

What’s lost in all this gay marriage celebrating going on by liberals is that 31 states have amended their constitutions to define marriage. Another 2 states are voting on it this year. None of these states will allow same-sex marriage anytime soon, without a U.S. Supreme Court order to do so.

So it appears that same-sex marriage is taking root is some places, but most of the country will not give legal recognition anytime soon.


27 posted on 02/18/2012 2:12:18 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Springman

If it passes we’re talking about moving.


28 posted on 02/18/2012 3:04:59 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: LonelyCon

Being from Iowa, I know all about the courts legislating this from the bench. Sadly, I’d give it 5 years, if that, before we see it in all 50 states. God help us!


29 posted on 02/20/2012 5:30:56 PM PST by Catholic Iowan
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