The Senate in Maryland will begin debating to legalize gay marriage on Wednesday after the bill SB 116 was read in the Senate.
Senate president Mike Miller, who opposes the measure and has said he will not vote for it, says the bill could become law next week if approved in the Senate and the House.
Miller told lawmakers to remain “gentlemanlike” and “ladylike” during the debate, which is expected to be heated.
Twenty-four Senate members favor the bill to legalize gay marriage in Maryland, the minimum needed for passage.
Republican Senate Minority Leader Nancy Jacobs, said she expects a filibuster to block the bill to fail. Maryland governor Martin O’Malley will sign the bill into law if it passes.
Opponents of gay marriage in Maryland are speaking up.
Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council (FRC), told WMAL radio, “Every state that has ever voted on the definition of marriage has voted in favor of defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.”
“We’ll see schools being used as places to indoctrinate children into affirming homosexual relationships,” he said. “We see a slippery slope towards efforts to redefine marriage to include polygamous relationships.”
Maryland Delegate Don Dwyer, an opponent to gay marriage, has said he will put up a bill that will require Maryland voters to vote on the bill in a referendum.
Voters in California struck down a measure to legalize same sex marriage in a referendum, then a judge overturned it. Now the courts will decide the fate in California.
Many say the Supreme Court will eventually have to rule on the law, not allowing individual states to choose whether to legalize same sex marriage.