O’Malley to announce plans for 2012 Maryland same-sex marriage bill

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to announce in the near future whether or not he will make good on a promise he made in Utah to sponsor a marriage equality bill in his state. O’Malley spoke at a Democratic Party event and told the Utah crowd that he was going to push for a bill similar to the law recently passed in New York to legalize same-sex marriages.

His move comes just four months after a marriage bill was suddenly put on hold in the Maryland Legislature. A coalition of religious lawmakers and their supporters effectively killed the bill last session, which had O’Malley’s support. However, Maryland could very well likely follow in New York’s footsteps and become the next state to legalize same-sex marriages.

Same-sex marriage also is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C. Gay marriages from elsewhere are recognized in Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and California (if the marriage took place before Proposition 8 passed).

Eleven other nations allow same-sex couples to marry — Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Mexico (where same-sex marriages are allowed only in the capital city but are recognized nationwide).

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