I took family law at the University of Baltimore in the spring of 2011, my last semester of law school. At the time, a bill was before the Maryland Legislature to legalize same sex marriage. The bill ultimately failed, but it came awfully close to passage. At UB, on April 14, 2011, we hosted a debate on the bill between Former MD Atty. Gen. Joe Curran, and State Sens. Jamie Raskin and Chris Shank. I live tweeted it; here are the notes.

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I understood Sen. Shank’s argument that he needed to represent the interests of his home district in the far western part of the state (against gay marriage). But, then he wandered off into what-if-Catholic-institutions-don’t-want-to-offer-benefits-to-couples-they-do-not-condone-religiously territory, and lost me. Ironically, national political debate is revisiting Catholic institutions–but let it be know that Maryland has overcome.

Yesterday, the Maryland Senate passed SB 241 by a 3 vote margin (25-22), and as soon as Governor O’Malley signs off, gay marriage will be legal in the Old Line State.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-senate-same-sex-roll-call-20120223,0,6516863.story(Above picture is from this Baltimore Sun article, taken by Algerina Perna–amazing shot.)

There may be a voter referendum. There will certainly be hemming and hawing. But, this is the first major upset to something that I learned in law school, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m getting married next month, and despite arguments that same sex marriage cheapens hetero marriage, I say the more, the marry-er.

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