Gay marriage is on the agenda Monday in
three states: Maryland, Washington and New Jersey.
In Maryland, Governor Martin O'Malley
is expected to introduce his proposed legislation for this year's
General Assembly, which should include the gay marriage bill he
pledged to back last spring.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller,
who does not support the measure, has said the Senate will take up
the issue before the House.
A similar effort last year cleared the
Senate before sinking in the House.
Analysts this year say they expect a
quick OK in the Senate but capturing the 141-member House remains in
doubt for supporters.
Committees in Washington and New Jersey
will begin holding public hearings on gay marriage bills which were
filed earlier this month.
Democratic leaders in Trenton are
looking for veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate to blunt an
expected veto from Republican Governor Chris Christie.
However, Christie has yet to say what
he would do if lawmakers approve the marriage equality bill.
A bill filed in Washington has the
backing of Democratic Governor Chris Gregoire. Strong support in the
House leaves little doubt the bill will clear the chamber. However,
the measure remains 1 vote short in the Senate, where 2 Republican
senators have voiced their support. Five senators remain undecided.