The Maryland Senate voted on Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage. Governor O'Malley has pledged to sign the bill into law. This seems to indicate that the fight for equal marriage rights is gaining some momentum. Six states and D.C already allow for same-sex marriage and five have civil unions.
"There's no question that with so many Americans having changed their minds and opened their hearts as they've heard the stories of real couples and thought about why marriage matters, we now have tremendous momentum towards ending marriage discrimination," said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry.
Another bright spot on the horizon is that the Personhood bill of Virginia was essentially table for another year. The bill defines life as beginning at conception. Its opponents say that it would be a pre-cursor to outlawing abortion. Also on Thursday, Virginia's revised ultrasound bill was approved by the Senate Panel. It previously forced women to have ultrasounds via vaginal probe prior to an abortion, now it forces women to have ultasounds prior to an abortion. Not sure if that one should go in the win or loose column.