The Maryland House of Delegates has just voted to approve the same-sex marriage bill supported by Governor Martin O’Malley. The bill will now move to the State Senate where it passed last year and is expected to pass again this year before being signed into law. Both sides of the debate will now prepare for an expected referendum on the bill as soon as this November where opposition from the Catholic church and mega-black churches in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City will make for a close public vote.
African-Americans make up about 20% of the Maryland population and oppose same-sex marriage depending on what poll you read by as much as 60%.
The bill passed the House of Delegates 71-67, barely getting the necessary 71 votes needed for passage.