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Gay Marriage Supporters Rally In Annapolis

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The state's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee heard testimony from supporters and opponents of the legislation last week.

Baltimore County Sen. James Brochin (D) said his position changed after he listened to the seven-hour hearing. He said he felt "appalled and disgusted" by the comments made by opponents of the same-sex marriage bill.

The bill needs 24 votes to pass on the floor.

In the past, the strong influence of socially conservative groups like the Catholic Church and some African-American congregations has stopped the state from moving forward on gay marriage.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 30, 2015

Folk music descends on Vienna this weekend. Elsewhere in Virginia, jazz music takes over a performing arts venue. 

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You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Wet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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