UPDATE: Missing Delegates STALL MD Vote--Where Have They Gone?


House leaders were pushing hard to get a vote in Maryland, fearful that if they wait any longer the rumble from the black churches will kill same-sex marriage in Maryland. But WaPo is reporting that plans to vote today in committee have been stalled when two delegates went missing:

[UPDATE: According to the AP, one of the missing delegates has turned up:

"At least one Maryland lawmaker said she held up a bill Tuesday to legalize gay marriage in order to gain support for her own legislation, including funding for Baltimore schools."]


Maryland's same-sex marriage legislation hit an unexpected roadblock Tuesday morning when two delegates who had expressed support for the bill failed to show up for a committee vote.

Colleagues frantically tried to locate Del. Tiffany T. Alston (D-Prince George's, right) and Del. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore, left) for about half an hour before calling off a scheduled vote in the House Judiciary Committee. Both Alston and Carter are co-sponsors of the House version of the bill.

"It simply means the soup's not ready yet," said Don H. Dwyer Jr. (R-Anne Arundel), a staunch opponent of the bill, suggesting supporters were short of votes.