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Maryland House Approves Gay Marriage

Maryland’s House of Delegates approved a gay marriage bill on Friday, setting the stage for the state to join six others where same-sex couples can today legally wed.

NBC Washington reports:

The Maryland House of Delegates voted in favor of the same-sex marriage bill Friday evening.

The House voted 72-67 to give gay couples the right to marry.

“Wherever we happen to stand on the marriage equality issue, we can agree that all our children deserve the opportunity to live in a loving, caring, committed and stable home, protected equally under the law,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement. ?Clergy and faith-based leaders, community leaders, civic organizations, civil rights groups, and citizens from across our state have reached the same conclusion that Americans in seven other states have reached ? it is possible to protect individual civil marriage rights and religious freedom equally.”

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