O’Malley to discuss strategy for same-sex marriage bill

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley could announce by the end of the week whether he plans to sponsor a same-sex marriage bill in next year’s General Assembly session.

O'Malley spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said Tuesday that the Democratic governor could announce his role soon in next year’s expected fight over gay marriage, which failed to pass the assembly this year.

Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, said last week at a National Governors Association meeting in Salt Lake City that he will be “very active in support” of legislation during the next session.

The governor has vowed to take a more active role than he did last session, when he worked mostly behind the scenes on a gay-marriage bill that gained Senate approval but died in the House because of resistance from Republicans and many socially conservative Democrats.

Ms. Guillory has said the governor is considering sponsoring next year’s bill but has not made a decision.

“Hopefully, we’ll have something by the end of the week,” she said.

Gay marriage has returned to the forefront in Maryland after New York’s enactment of a gay-marriage law last month. The effort was led largely by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat who successfully lobbied undecided Democrats and four Republican senators for support.

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