Last night, Maryland's House of Delegates passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry. The state senate is expected to pass the bill (they passed a similar bill last year that died in the House), and our wonderful governor, Martin O'Malley, has already said he will sign it. Maryland is now poised to become the eighth state to grant marriage rights regardless of gender.
Opponents will undoubtedly put a referendum on the ballot in November. The most recent polls show 50% of the state is in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, with 44% opposed. Let's hope folks come out and vote in the fall!