Maryland governor Martin O'Malley plans to take a stronger approach to pass same-sex marriage next year, according to The Washington Post.
Although legislation for marriage equality passed in the Maryland Senate this year, it was a few votes short of passing in the House of Delegates. The bill was then sent back to committee, where it has since been stalled.
O'Malley drew inspiration from the most recent passage of marriage equality legislation in New York State, which will begin to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples July 24. "There are times in Annapolis when a governor's support can move an issue over the goal line. This is one of those issues that can be resolved, as New York showed, with proper protections in place for religious freedoms," he said in an interview with the Post.
The governor, a Democrat, also believes that if changes are made to protect religious freedom, the bill has a strong chance of passing next year.