Monday evening Gov. Martin O’Malley introduced a bill which would legalize same-sex marriage if passed.

A similar bill was pushed through and failed last year at the House of Delegates. This time round, the language has been tweeked to explicitely exclude religious organizations and groups from having to perform a same-sex marriage if they are not inclined to.

To pass this bill, it needs 71 votes and last year it garnerd only 59. Here’s hoping the revised language will attract the required votes to pass the bill. Gov. O’Malley wants to follow the footsteps of Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York and lead a more aggressive campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in the 2012 legislative session.

If it does, then the State of Maryland would be the 8th state to allow same-sex marriage.

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