From the Washington Times:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland General Assembly effectively killed a same-sex marriage bill Friday when House leaders unsure if they had enough support to pass a final vote returned the legislation to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee.
The bill had already passed in the Senate, and approval in the full House along with Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley’s assured signature would have made Maryland the sixth state along with the District to legalize such marriages.
The emotionally-charged House debate Friday lasted for almost three hours before Delegate Joseph Vallario Jr., a Prince George’s Democrat and the Judiciary chairman, called for the bill to be return to his committee, and delegates agreed on a voice vote.
Afterward, co-sponsors acknowledged the bill was returned to avoid outright defeat on the House floor and said the committee amending or re-submitting the legislation this year is unlikely.
“Oh, it’s dead,” said committee member and Delegate Curt Anderson, a Baltimore Democrat who co-sponsored the bill. “When you resubmit a bill to the judiciary committee, you probably won’t see it anymore this year.”