Maryland state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (left) gets a hug from Maryland state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman after the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act in Annapolis on Thursday. "It's just a remarkable day for the people of the state of Maryland," said Mr. Madaleno, a Montgomery Democrat who is openly gay. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Maryland state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (left) gets a hug from Maryland state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman after the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act in Annapolis on Thursday. "It's just a remarkable day for the people of the state of Maryland," said Mr. Madaleno, a Montgomery Democrat who is openly gay. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)