Maryland Delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr. continues his campaign to end the state's practice of recognizing the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples even as lawmakers appear poised to legalize such unions.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola and Senator Rich Madaleno, the chamber's only openly gay member, introduced a gay marriage bill in the Senate. A House version is expected as early as this week.

The push to legalize the institution comes nearly a year after Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's opinion directed state agencies to recognize out-of-state legal gay marriages over the objections of a state law that bans such unions. Gansler's opinion arrived a week before a gay marriage law took effect on March 3, 2010 in neighboring District of Columbia.

After failing last year in an attempt to impeach Gansler over his directive, the Republican offered an amendment to a bill that would end the practice. Democrats threw out the amendment on technical grounds. Dwyer has also previously introduced bills that would define marriage as a heterosexual union in the Maryland Constitution.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Dwyer is preparing to make yet another attempt this year.

“This morning, Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr., an Anne Arundel County Republican, was talking to fellow colleagues about a bill he will soon introduce to counteract Maryland's new policy of extending marriage protections to same-sex unions that were lawfully performed in other states,” the paper wrote.