(WASHINGTON TIMES) -- Liberals won a long-fought victory in Maryland, passing a bill Thursday that would make the state the eighth in the nation to approve gay marriage, while across the Potomac River, Republicans backpedaled for the second time in a week on major abortion-related legislation.
In Richmond, six Republicans joined 18 Democrats in killing a “personhood” measure in the Virginia Senate that would define life as beginning at conception. In Annapolis, the Democrat-controlled Senate on a 25-22 vote sent a gay-marriage bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who spearheaded the effort.
”I think the legislative process has worked well in this case, and I think it’s been a very open process,” Mr. O'Malley said. “I look forward to signing the bill.”
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The issues are emblematic of passionate debates across the country, where statehouse lawmakers have been embroiled in social issues this year.