THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Sen. Bobby Zirkin, left, (D-Baltimore) and Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery) check to see that all committee members are present before the committee votes on the Civil Marriage Protection Act Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 in Annapolis, Md. The bill passed by a vote of 7 to 4 and will now move on to the floor, where they should vote on it Thursday or Friday. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Sen. Bobby Zirkin, left, (D-Baltimore) and Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery) check to see that all committee members are present before the committee votes on the Civil Marriage Protection Act Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 in Annapolis, Md. The bill passed by a vote of 7 to 4 and will now move on to the floor, where they should vote on it Thursday or Friday. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)