The Maryland Senate today did not move forward with a bill promoting equal rights in marriage. From nyt.com:
Lawmakers in Maryland on Friday failed to gather enough votes to pass a bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry, withdrawing it from consideration after hours of emotional debate and effectively killing the bill’s chances for passage this year.
Apparently, while there was a solid block of Republicans against the bill, suddenly some Democrats were intimidated by constituents and threatened not to vote for the bill.
THAT they were close to voting on this bill is a miracle. Compare what is going on in MD with NC, where there is a threat to amending our state constitution outlawing equal rights to marriage.