An effort by
antigay Republican lawmakers in Maryland to bypass the
normal procedure and force a vote on a proposed state
constitutional amendment aiming to ban same-sex
marriage was squashed Thrusday morning, The
Washington Post reports. The Republicans had
collected the 47 signatures needed to bypass the committee
process and put the measure before the full chamber.
But just as the session was about to begin, Democratic
majority leader Kumar P. Barve moved to recess, and
house speaker Michael E. Busch, also a Democrat, banged his
The state house
judiciary committee was scheduled to vote on the
constitutional amendment Thursday afternoon, and both
parties believe it will not survive there, the
Post reports. To revive the bill after that,
Republicans would need far more support in the
Democrat-dominated house. "They stuffed us!" Anthony
J. O'Donnell, a Republican, gasped as the speaker walked off
the floor. "This is more of the same obfuscation we've
seen, and it's shameful," he said a few moments later.
defended the countermeasure, saying it was Republicans who
were attempting to bypass a process that has been in
use in Annapolis for 300 years. "It's a rare instance
where we agree with the governor that the process
should have a chance to work," Barve said. "We're
going to have a vote in committee, and the will of the
committee will be brought to the floor."
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