In an historic 25-22 vote Thursday night the Maryland Senate approved same-sex marriage, sending the legislation to the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley for his signature.
The Maryland Senate appears on the verge of approving same-sex marriage after considering a slew of amendments Thursday morning and pushing the legislation to a vote later in the day.
Gov. Martin O’Malley defends this year’s same-sex marriage bill by arguing that it balances two of Maryland’s founding principles – religious freedom and freedom of individual conscience.
In testimony before a Senate committee Tuesday, Gov. Martin O’Malley stressed the importance of balancing the freedom of Maryland’s religious institutions to practice their faith with the civil rights of same-sex couples in the state.