MD House Committee Vote on SSM Delayed Until At Least Thursday


Via the Daily Record:

House Judiciary Committee Chair Joseph F. Vallario Jr. has delayed until Thursday at the earliest a vote on legislation to permit same-sex marriage in Maryland after two critical supporters of the measure said they would not vote before their concerns about potential school budget cuts are addressed.“We may hold it [beyond Thursday] but it will be on the [voting] list to talk about,” said Vallario, D-Prince George’s and Calvert, of the same-sex marriage bill. “It’s just not going to happen today.”

... Dels. Jill P. Carter, D-Baltimore City, and Tiffany T. Alston, D-Prince George’s, said they would withhold their committee votes on the same-sex marriage bill the Senate passed last week. Without their votes, the bill would have failed on a 10-10 vote of the 22-member committee. The panel includes 10 sponsors of the bill, in addition to Carter and Alston.

Carter and Alston took their stand even after a two-hour, closed-door meeting with House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, to address the delegates’ concerns.