Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley rejected calls from the Catholic Church to not sponsor a gay marriage bill.
O'Malley said he supported an effort earlier this year to legalize gay marriage in Maryland – which ended without a vote in the House after passage in the Senate – but kept a low profile in the debate.
In July, the Democratic governor announced he would sponsor a renewed effort during the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January.
His decision came on the heels of New York becoming the sixth state to legalize the institution.
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