Sunday, February 19, 2012

US gay marriage: law passes Maryland but vetoed in New Jersey

Chris Christie said that gay marriage was an issue
for a referendum, not the legislature Photo: GETTY

The movement for same sex-marriage in the US lurched one step forward and took another step step back last night as Maryland's House of Delegates approved a bill but New Jersey governor Chris Christie vetoed a similar law in his own state. 

 7:00AM GMT 18 Feb 2012

Legislators in Maryland voted 71-67 to allow gay marriage.
A similar vote failed last year when a number of black Democrats refused to back the legislation.
Led by Governor Martin O'Malley, the party's leadership held together a coalition to reach the critical threshold.

The bill is expected to pass easily through the Senate, which approved a gay marriage act last year, and is expected to reach Mr O'Malley's desk for final approval soon.

The legislation was hailed as a major victory by gay rights advocates and will make Maryland the eighth US state to support gay marriage joining New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa and Washington State.    READ MORE

No comments: