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.
“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
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.
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