Same-sex marriage legislation passed the Maryland Senate this year, and O'Malley said he would sign it if it reached his desk.
During the legislative session that wrapped up last week Gov. O'Malley was forced to retreat from a plan that would have set new requirements for installing high end septic systems in rural developments.
Democrats said the issue was too complicated to be hashed out during the 2011 session and that more study was needed. Tomorrow the governor plans to sign an executive order to establish the study. It will examine the extent to which septic tanks from large developments are polluting the Chesapeake Bay.
The study is expected to lay the groundwork for new legislation aimed at limiting septic systems.