Supporters optimistic, but 2012 referendum expected
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
Advocates or same-sex mar-riage in Maryland, including theseven gay and lesbian memberso the state legislature, are op-timistic that the legislature willpass a marriage equality bill in2011 but they are less certainabout the prospects or a trans-gender rights bill.The gains in the number o supporters o a same-sex marriage bill in the November election andcommitments by top leaders o the legislature to name marriage equality supporters to the commit-tees that must clear them appear to have tipped the balance in avor o the bill passing, according toadvocates and lawmakers.
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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 51 • december 17, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
Time is the enemy, as momentumbuilds to ditch gay ban
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
The U.S. House on Wednesday approved by a75-vote margin a measure that would repeal “Don’tAsk, Don’t Tell” as attention shits once again to theSenate to see i the chamber will act to lit the mili-tary’s gay ban.The measure to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”passed by a vote o 250-175 ater more than anhour o foor debate in which lawmakers engagedin oten passionate discourse both in avor and inopposition to the 1993 law.Ater lawmakers cast their votes, Rep. BarneyFrank (D-Mass.), the longest-serving openly gaylawmaker, banged the gavel at the podium anddeclared the nal vote tally or the bill.During debate, those who spoke in avor o re-peal said liting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would enda discriminatory policy, while opponents o repealsaid open service would jeopardize military eec-tiveness.
Marriage in Maryland?
House votes again to repeal ‘Don’t Ask’
Last chance to catch two shows, ‘Wie Swappers’ and ‘Golden Boy.’
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U.S. ambassador creates stir in Italy with his ‘It Gets Better’ video.
, speaking at a news conerence ollowing a House vote to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ called the law ‘a unda-mental unairness in our nation.’
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Go backstage withGay Men’s Chorusas members prepare orclassic holiday show.
said she is ‘cautiously optimistic’ that the state legis-lature will approve a marriage equality bill early next year.
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