After clearing the state’s House of Delegates, the Maryland Senate approved a measure that would grant marriage equality to the state’s LGBT couples passed the state senate Thursday, 25-22.
The measure passed the Maryland Senate easily last session, but was halted in the House of Delegates. This session, however, the bill passed the House with bipartisan support last week. Now the bill is headed to the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who has pledged to sign it.
“We could not be more grateful to the senators who today voted to make all Maryland families stronger,” said Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “Today, we took another giant step toward marriage equality becoming law – and we are in this position due to the unwavering leadership and resolve of Governor O’Malley and our legislative allies.”
Assuming O’Malley’s signature, Maryland would become the state to legalize marriage equality, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.