Final vote set for Friday;supporters conﬁ dent of victory
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
Maryland’s House of Delegates was expected to vote on a marriage equality bill after this issue of the Blade went to press. Visit washingtonblade.com for updates.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. A bill to allow same-sex couples to marry sur-vived an attempt to kill or weaken it through amendments in the Mary-land House of Delegates on Wednesday and was expected to comeup for a ﬁ nal vote Friday.The amendments were introduced during the opening round ofdebate in the chamber on the Civil Marriage Protection Act. A voteon the bill was initially set for Thursday, but House Speaker MichaelBusch (D-Anne Arundel County) moved it back to Friday as supportersscrambled to line up the 71 votes needed for passage.“I feel very conﬁ dent that we’re going to get to 71,” said Del. LukeClippinger (D-Baltimore City), one of seven openly gay members of theHouse of Delegates.
Mayor Vincent Graynames two gay Councilmembers, others to newHIV/AIDS Commission.
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LGBT Equality Caucus meetingset for March 16
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) maintained this week that pro-LGBT legislation could see progress in the Democratic-controlledSenate during the 112th Congress as prospects of movement areunlikely in the Republican-controlled House.In an interview with the Washington Blade, the only out lesbian inCongress said she sees room for progress on pro-LGBT bills in the Sen-ate, where Democrats retained control following the mid-term elections.“There’s still a prospect with a Democratically controlled Senate that
Baldwin sees hope in112th Congress
Homestretch for Maryland marriage bill
Mautner Project honors Martina Navratilova at annual gala.
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Reel Afﬁ rmations moves planned April festival back to October.
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One year after makinghistory, D.C. couplesreminisce about beingthe ﬁ rst to walk the aisle.
(D-Montgomery County), a lesbian, said the defeat of four hostile amendments to the marriageequality bill was a good sign because it showed supporters had the strength to stop attempts to derail the bill.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
(D-Wisc.)said a bill to advance DP ben-eﬁ ts to partners of LGBT federalemployees could advance in thisCongress.
Washington Blade ﬁ le photo by Michael Key