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Md. gay marriage bill hits snag, returns to panel



Published: Fri, March 11, 2011 @ 2:54 p.m.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bill to legalize gay marriage has hit a snag, with the Maryland House of Delegates sending it back to a comittee for further debate.

The full House debated the bill for more than two hours today, but did not put the measure to a final vote as planned.

The move comes after several tough weeks that included the bill’s narrow passage by the full Senate and a House committee.

The measure would give same-sex couples in Maryland the same marriage rights as heterosexuals.

Governor Martin O’Malley said earlier today that he hoped the bill would pass, and he plans to sign it if it makes it to his desk. Maryland would be the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

If they can procreate then a couple has the right to get married . It would seem that they gays may be lacking in that department .

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2northsideperson(365 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Stan, if procreation was the standard, then why are sterile men and women allowed to marry? Why are married couples past the age of bearing children allowed to marry?

Marriage may have a religious foundation, but in the US, marriage is a civil contract that society and government endorses with specific privileges - regardless of child-bearing ability.

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3northsideperson(365 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Thomas53, please provide documentation to back up your statement. Otherwise it's just a fabrication or fantasy you created in your own head to justify your own bias.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

GoNEO :

A while back there was an article in The Vindy of a fellow who had an affection for sheep . I'm sure that he may be interested in an unlimited right to marry . This disease of twisted freedom seems to have its supporters .

For those feeble minded ones who can't grasp the concept of marriage, it is a union between a MAN and a WOMAN . Anything other is a faux marriage .

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5peacelover(797 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I say quit wasting time on this non-issue. Let gay people have a civil union if that's what they want and let's get past this so we can concentrate on fixing the economy and getting more people back to working for a decent wage.

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6Left2right4(35 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Some of the finest people I've ever known live here in Youngstown and are gay. I applaud Maryland for attempting to pass legislation to protect the rights of same-sex couples.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

GoNEO :

"Stan, I don't know why you're stuck on sheep but my comment clearly stated that marriage should be between two consenting adults. The issue should be discussed on its merits and bestiality is not one of them."

We are talking about "DEVIATING" from the norm . The fellow with an affection for sheep is no different than one man having a sexual affection for another man or a woman having a sexual affection for another woman . The norm , for those who may be wondering, is what brought you here which is a man having an affection for a woman .

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