Final Md. gay marriage vote set for Friday
- The Maryland House of Delegates debate legalizing same-sex marriage on March 9, 2011. (Photo: Brad Bell/ABC7)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is a step closer to approving same-sex marriage after advancing the measure to a final vote.
The House advanced the bill Wednesday on a voice vote.
Gay marriage supporters rejected four amendments to the measure - any of which could have sunk the bill's chances this year - including one which would have put the issue on the ballot in 2012.
The measure -which would make Maryland the sixth state to grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples - now moves to a final vote in the House, which could come as soon as Thursday.
Senate leaders have said they do not have the time or the support to approve any changes to the gay marriage bill they passed two weeks ago.
Gov. Martin O'Malley has said he would sign the bill.
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