She was wrong.

"There was a lot of debate," she said.

Her committee wasn't happy about her wording on civil union's rights, which she had thought would be more acceptable than marriage rights.

"They decided to call it marriage anyway," she said.


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Matthew Ziegelstein, a Pikesville ninth-grader, presented his bill on conversion to metric measurement to the full House of Representatives.

Debate was lively.

In the end, the bill passed.

It had taken less than a half hour of debate, questions and clarifications.

Then the House moved onto the next measure.

"It's a beautiful process," said Gratman, the Congress' moderator.