Same-sex wars begin before session opens
Kittleman's proposal would give same-sex couples the full menu of legal rights available to traditional married couples, while distinguishing marriage as a separate religious union.
Morgan Meneses-Sheets, the Executive Director of Equality Maryland said that the creation of a civil union rule would be "a blanket invitation" for discrimination against gay and lesbians in other areas.
The Senate became slightly more liberal this year, a development that gay advocacy groups believe could provide an opening to pass a law extending full marriage rights.
But the House became more conservative. O'Malley says he'll sign a gay marriage bill.