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Same-Sex Marriage Bill On Hold In Annapolis

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Final debate over proposed amendments was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but by mid-morning it was clear members were inclined to "lay over" the bill for at least a day.

Earlier six openly gay delegates made a written appeal to their colleagues to pass the high-profile legislation.

The letter, dated Tuesday, read in part: "Vote yes because every family in Maryland needs the protections that marriage provides."

Monday evening, opponents of the bill crowded the area between the two legislative chambers to make their case in advance of the final debate.

The bill has already passed the Senate. With Tuesday's postponement, an expected Thursday vote in the full House will also move to Friday. Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will sign the bill if the legislation passes.

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For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

Donald Trump promises to help bring jobs and security to black neighborhoods. But his poll numbers with African-Americans are in the low single digits, and many say his message is insulting.
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A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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