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Gay Marriage Bill's Journey Hasn't Ended

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But the gay marriage issue is a long way from being settled as forces on both sides gear up for more political battles.

Montgomery County senator, Robert Garagiola (D), sponsored the Civil Marriage Protection Act and he hailed the vote.

"It's a historic day for equal justice under the law," he says.

Some of the senators who voted against the legislation said they were following the wishes of their constituents.

"I have calls coming in 10 to one from my district saying this is not the way we want to go," says Prince George's County Sen. Anthony Muse (D).

Muse adds he also voted based on his religious beliefs.

Gay marriage opponents are hoping those callers who flooded their offices with messages and thousands more will support a referendum to repeal the measure once it becomes law.

"It's happened all over the country, ah, so I do believe there will be a petition drive on, on the ballot in 2012," says Sen. Ed DeGrange (D), who represents Anne Arundel County.

The House of Delegates' Judiciary Committee is expected to consider the measure on Friday.

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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