After long, long, long but civil filibustering by antigay state senators about school kids learning ("gasp!") about homosexuality, religious organizations and business people maybe perhaps sometime in the future maybe being challenged by same sex couples demanding the Christians violate their religious conscience and right to discriminate against gays by providing the marriage gay couple some service --- some of the senators who supported Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012 had a chance to speak.
Among the moving pro-bill testimony - including from gay State Sen. Rich Madaleno about his family and why he wants that marriage license - Sen. Kittleman noted that "45 years ago this month, Maryland legislature voted to repeal inter-racial marriages." But those following the debate live on Twitter fell in love with Sen. Delores Kelley who took on "the other side" - noting that Adam, not God, named things so that includes the definition of marriage; and "God didn't create everybody to procreate. What should happen to those of us who are long past the age of fertility?" And, "Let the Lord judge - I think we are not all that capable."
Sen. Raskin, who'd been fielding questions from the opposition throughout, put the issue into a different perspective. He talked about having stage three colon cancer as a "misfortune." But finding someone to love in this life and wanting to have kids together and wanting to be married and have a family - but you can't do it - "that's not a misfortune, that's an injustice. We can do something about it and today we have." He thanked the body for voting in favor of the marriage bill "for the public good."
At 3:23 Pacific time, the Maryland State Senate finally voted 25-22 and "received a constitutional vote." The bill now heads to Gov. O'Malley, who has promised to sign it, after which it may well face a referendum.