Yesterday afternoon the Maryland Senate passed a marriage equality bill which now goes on to the House of Delegates for approval. The bill's fate in the House isn't as certain as it was in the Senate. One sponsor has dropped out and now opposes the bill.
Senator Rob Garagiola (D-15), a lead sponsor of the legislation, said afterwards, "This is a historic and proud moment in Maryland's history. The advocates for this legislation have worked tirelessly to this point and will continue to push through the final stages of this movement. I am honored to be a part of this effort and am confident that the Free State will realize full marriage equality in 2011."
Gov. Martin O'Malley has said he will sign the legislation if it hits his desk.
Combined with Hawaii's new civil unions law, the Department of Justice's recent announcement that it would no longer defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of DOMA, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's statement that she would introduce legislation to repeal DOMA entirely, it's been a damn good week for marriage equality.