Maryland Delegate Jill Carter said Wednesday she is ready to vote in favor of a gay marriage bill.

Carter is one of the two members of the House Judiciary Committee who missed Tuesday's early morning vote on the legislation, forcing Chairman Joseph Vallario, who opposes the gay marriage bill, to delay the vote. The bill, which was approved by the Senate last week, was on track for a final vote in the House by Friday. That estimate looks less likely after Tuesday's action.

In a statement released to the Associated Press, Carter said she “has always been and remains a supporter of marriage equality.” She added that she was withholding her support to bring attention to other issues, including education funding.

“It was always my intention to vote for the bill,” she told Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL.

A slim majority of committee members, including Carter and the second no-show, Delegate Tiffany Alston, had previously pledged their support for the measure.

Alston, a freshman Democrat, told the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday that she was reconsidering her position.

“It's a very important, deeply personal issue,” she told the paper. “I need time to think it through. I need time to pray.”

In a statement released Wednesday, Alston said she believed “all people should be treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation.”

“As a law maker it is my duty and privilege to serve the people and try to find balance and equity where inequity exits. This duty is compounded when your personal religious belief are contrary to what you believe to be fundamentally right for society.”

“Accordingly, I have resolved that if and when the chairman calls the vote I will be ready to vote based on what I believe is right,” she added.