Gay marriage bill in Maryland failed

The gay marriage bill had failed in Maryland and but the Democrats swore that they would try again next year to pass legislation of gay marriage.
According to the Star Tribune, homosexual marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia. This time Maryland failed to become the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The Star Tribune reported that the Democratic legislators failed to cooperate together to gain enough votes to passed the law. The opposition of this bill is Republicans and some religious groups, including the Catholic church and many black communities.
According to the New York Times, the Democrats hold 98 of the House's 141 seats. The vote should be enough to overcome the Republican opposition. However, about a third of all Democrats turned out to oppose it.
Delegate Anne Kaiser, D-Montgomery, one of the chamber's openly gay members, said that many people had promised them the votes but ultimately changed their mind, the Star Tribune reported.
Don H. Dwyer Jr., a Republican delegate, told the New York Times that the victory would not be successful without the cooperation of the Democrats who also want to against the bill.
However, the bill's supporter will not give up. Michael E. Busch, the speaker of Maryland's Democratic-controlled House of Delegates, said that they will come back next year and takes a strong look at it, the New York Times reported.

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