Arora to vote for marriage, says voters should decide
Del. Sam Arora, who in recent days said he would vote for gay marriage in committee but wouldn't commit to doing so if it moves along toward final passage, has announced his decision to vote yes on the floor.
Arora, a new Montgomery County Democrat, announced his plans on his Web site.
"As the vote drew nearer, I wrestled with this issue in a way I never had before, which led me to realize that I had some concerns about the bill," he said. "While I personally believe that Maryland should extend civil rights to same-sex couples through civil unions, I have come to the conclusion that this issue has such impact on the people of Maryland that they should have a direct say."
Signs are pointing to a possible committee vote today.
Judiciary Chairman Joseph F. Valllario Jr. said the same-sex marriage bill is "on the list" to be voted today. He added, "but it depends if anybody's sick." (Del. Jill Carter -- who originally withheld her vote to draw attention to other issues -- was out sick yesterday, and another delegate also went home feeling ill.)