WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Md. Same-Sex Marriage Bill In Limbo

Play associated audio

Some delegates in Annapolis now say Tuesday's vote "no-show" by Del. Jill Carter of Baltimore and Delegate Tiffany Alston of Prince George's County is just the "tip," suggesting other members may have second thoughts about passing the bill.

Meanwhile, Alston, who returned to the Judicial Committee Wednesday, says she is prepared to vote on the bill but didn't say how she'll vote.

"No vote was called yesterday. When and if a vote is called, I'm sure the people will vote on this bill, and that's the only comment I have," she says.

The other missing delegate, Carter, says she delayed the vote in order to leverage support for another bill she co-sponsors, but other delegates admit part of the reluctance for both lawmakers could be mounting pressure from constituents opposed to the bill.

"I got 700 emails yesterday alone, on this issue. Most of them opposed..." says Democrat Curt Anderson, who represents Baltimore City.

Another vote on the bill is scheduled for Thursday.

Earlier Wednesday, WAMU reported that proponents of the bill suggested they had enough votes to pass it in the committee.

NPR

'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
NPR

Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
NPR

The Senate Battle That Looms For Scalia's Replacement

NPR's Domenico Montanaro discusses the upcoming battle on Capitol Hill on replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
NPR

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.