Advocates, lawmakers kick off gay marriage push
House freshman Keiffer Mitchell from Baltimore said "years from now children will ask where you were" on the issue. "History will record where we stood." He held up a pen used by Gov. Spiro Agnew to sign the law allowing interracial marriage, and said he hopes to have a similar stylus from Gov. Martin O'Malley this year if gay marriage passes.
House Majority Leader Kumar Barve said the bill "goes to the very core of what it means to be an American." He also reference the next generation. "Twenty years from now I look forward to the day when young people will say 'What was the big deal?'"
The Senate bill, sponsored by Majority Leader Rob Garagiola and Sen. Rich Madaleno, was introduced last week and has a total of 18 sponsors. Twenty-four votes are needed for final passage, though the bill will almost definitely be subject to a filibuster. Garagiola said advocates are working "very, very hard" to secure the votes to overcome that hurdle.