News as it happens, from John Wagner at WaPo:
High drama is anticipated on the floor of the Maryland House of Delegates on Friday, as lawmakers decide the fate of a bill that would allow same-sex marriages.
As of late Thursday night, several bill supporters acknowledged they still remain short of the 71 votes needed to send the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who has said he wants to sign it.
The Senate has already approved the legislation. A full range of possibilities could play out on Friday, including failure of the bill on the House floor. Some supporters said they remain hopeful they can sway a couple of colleagues during debate, and there was also talk Thursday afternoon about amending the legislation. That would send it back to the Senate.