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Could a MD Referendum Abolish Same-Sex Marriage?

The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, but the issue will likely be decided by voters in the November elections.

Now that the General Assembly has concluded its regularly-scheduled 90-day session for the year, legislators and voters have a chance to reflect on the work that was accomplished during that time.

Arguably the most controversial piece of legislation passed and signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley is the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland.

“If there is a thread that unites the story of our people, it is the thread of human dignity; the dignity of work; the dignity of family; the dignity of every child’s home; the dignity of every individual,” said

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The legislation passed in the and was then approved in the The passage of the legislation did not come without several lawmakers changing their views to in favor of same-sex marriage after initially opposing it. This included , a Democrat, who represents Dundalk and Essex.

Despite its passage, same-sex marriage is far from a certainty in Maryland as opponents are pushing to have voters decide the issue through a statewide referendum in November.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article read that Del. Olszewski originally voted against same-sex marriage before switching to in favor of the bill. He actually changed his point of view on the subject and never previously voted against the bill. Patch regrets the error.

Do you support or oppose same-sex marriage? What do you think will happen should the issue make it on November's ballot? Tell us in the comments section below.

Krissi Hartwell April 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I must have missed the memo that the Government has the right to tell people who they are allowed to love. The ONLY reason that there might be an opposition to same sex marriage is because of religion and a closed mind. They should allow it; if not for the fact that as AMERICANS we pride ourselves in having such freedom... then for the fact that all humans bleed the same regardless of their sexuality and should be given the right to love with open arms, not criticism.
Mary Woods April 11, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I say pass it an move on to more important things. Same sex marriage hurts NO ONE. Lets concern our selves with more important things in this country like; protecting our children from abuse an murder. Tougher laws for criminals. Who gives anyone the right to judge. There is only one God an he will be the judger.
chantil varese May 27, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Why can't we same sex people have a commont law marrige, like a man and awoman have?

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