Gay Marriage Bill Expected on the Floor of the Maryland House of Delegates

Feb 15, 2012


     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Members of the House of Delegates will consider a bill to legalize gay marriage.

     After passing through a panel of 45 lawmakers, legislation to allow same-sex unions is expected to be introduced to the full chamber on Wednesday.

     The bill moves to the House floor with the support of at least

one Republican, Delegate Robert Costa.

     Costa voted to move the bill out of committee Tuesday, a day after Gov. Martin O'Malley said the support of GOP lawmakers could be critical to passing the legislation.

     Should the House and state Senate sign off on the bill, Maryland could become the eighth state to legalize gay marriage.

     Opponents of the bill say they worry such a move will force

educators to teach about gay marriage in public schools.