Gay Marriage Bill Gains Second Republican Vote in Maryland

Feb 16, 2012


      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A second Maryland Republican has said he will vote for a bill to legalize gay marriage.

     Carrie Evans, executive director of the gay rights organization Equality Maryland, said in a statement Thursday that Delegate Wade Kach has decided to vote for the bill. Kach voted against the measure in committee earlier this week.

     Evans said Wednesday that advocates are still courting delegates to collect the 71 votes needed to pass the bill.

     Delegate Robert Costa, a Republican from Anne Arundel County,has also said he will support the bill.

     Lawmakers say they plan to debate gay marriage in the afternoon.

Delegate Shane Pendergrass, a Democrat from Howard County, said a final vote is expected Friday.