Maryland House Speaker Seeks To Boost Chances For Marriage Equality Bill

Maryland “House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Monday that he would assign this year’s bill to two committees instead of one, a procedural change that could increase the measure’s chances of passage.” Critics charge that “the move suggests the votes are not there this year to advance the bill from the Judiciary Committee,” but proponents argue that same-sex marriage also falls under the jurisdiction of the Health and Government Operations Committee. The measure passed the Senate, but failed in the House last year, where Republicans have yet to endorse marriage equality.