The road to marriage equality in Maryland had never been a short and smooth one, but supporters of allowing same-sex couples to marry could see the altar: passing the state House and sending the bill to a governor who said he would sign it.
But supporters never had a clear majority, and some got cold feet in the days leading up to the House vote. On March 11, instead of voting for the bill, the House unanimously voted to send it back to committee. Even some LGBT activists conceded it was the thing to do.
The Maryland vote reduced to two the number of states that could possibly see marriage equality move through the state legislature this year--Rhode Island and New York. Iowa could lose existing marriage equality rights through actions in the legislature this year, and six states that already have statutes that prevent same-sex couples from obtaining marriage licenses—Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota—could add constitutional amendments to protect the bans from legal challenges. An attempt to do so in Wyoming died in committee last month.
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