Passage of the Civil Marriage Protection Act puts Maryland on the brink of becoming the eighth U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. The state Senate passed a similar bill last year and is expected to approve Friday's legislation next week, The Baltimore Sun reported.
"We should extend to families, same-sex loving couples, the right to marry in a civil ceremony," Del. Maggie McIntosh, a Democrat, said before the vote -- after recounting her coming-out story, The Washington Post reported. "I'm going to ask you today, my colleagues, to make history."
"Same-sex marriage is wrong," Del. Emmett Burns, also a Democrat, said. "I believe that people who are gay have a right to be that, but the word 'marriage' should not be attached."
Gov. Christine Gregoire Monday signed into law making Washington the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Friday vetoed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage but said same-sex couples deserve the "very same rights" as married couples.