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Md. Same-Sex Marriage Bill In Limbo

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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.

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Obama's New Clean Energy Goal For North America: 50 Percent By 2025

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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