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Civil Marriage Protection Act Update

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Civil Marriage Protection Act Update

On Thursday, February 2,  there have been some additions to the legislative agenda concerning the marriage debate in Annapolis. The Governor introduced the identical HB 438 - Civil Marriage Protection Act in the House. There has also been a proposed amendment to the Maryland Constitution to firmly define marriage between one man and one woman (HB – 474).

The first of two committees in the House assigned to take up both of these bills concerning marriage in Maryland will be the Judiciary Committee. The committee hearing date has been set on both the same-sex marriage bill (HB 438 and the constitutional amendment to protect marriage between one man an one woman (HB 474) for Friday, February 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lowe House Office Building, Rooms 170 and 180 in Annapolis. Anyone wishing to testify on any bill must sign the witness register before the hearings begin. If you have written testimony, please submit 35 copies to the committee clerk for distribution at least 60 minutes before the bill hearings begin.



Now that there are cross-filed bills in both legislative chambers, if both HB 438 and SB 241 receive a favorable report from their respective committees with no amendments added, and are passed by their respective house, again with no amendments, the bill will have been considered passed and move to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. Any amendments in either chamber will require that version to approved by the other.

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