A Bill proposed by Maryland's governor that will legalize same-sex marriage has passed in that state's House of Delegates and will go to the Senate next week.

According to the Baltimore Sun, a similar bill passed in the Senate last year but failed in the House by just a few votes. Governor Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, has been pressing hard for its passage this time and succeeded in gaining support of one lawmaker who had helped kill the previous bill.

Once passed and signed by the governor, it will make Maryland the eighth state to accept gay marriage.

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