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O’Malley Hopes Prop 8 Decision Will Influence Maryland House




    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said he hopes a ruling overturning a ban on gay marriage in California will influence members of the Maryland House of Delegates.

    O'Malley said Tuesday during an appearance on the Rev. Al Sharpton's MSNBC show, PoliticsNation, that he hopes a ruling by a federal appeals court will persuade delegates who have yet to commit their support to same-sex marriage in Maryland.

    The court ruled that the ban on gay marriage, known as Proposition 8, is unconstitutional.

    A move to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland died in the House last year after delegates retracted their support over religious and family values concerns.

    Earlier in the day, gay marriage advocates released a video featuring Sharpton, who supports this year's bill, which is sponsored by the governor.