Here's a collection of what media outlets — and people on Twitter — are saying about the passage of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland:
• Marc Fisher of The Washington Post writes about how some black ministers are being criticized for their opposition to same-sex marriage:
They are black men, successful ministers, leaders of their community. But with Maryland poised to become the eighth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, they hear people -- politicians, activists, even members of their own congregations -- telling them they are on the wrong side of history, and that's not where they usually live.
• The Baltimore Sun's Michael Dresser explains that the effort to take gay marriage to a referendum is gearing up — even before the bill is signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley:
State elections officials say they are already getting calls seeking information on how to start the [referendum] process. Even the bill's staunchest supporters expect its opponents to easily gather the 55,736 signatures necessary to put the question on the November ballot.
• Ian Duncan of the Los Angeles Times' Washington Bureau describes how Republican Del. Wade Kach's seating assignment might have changed the fate of the gay marriage bill.
In an effort to get the bill to the House floor, a special joint committee was formed and legislators were left scrambling for seats. Kach, who had previously backed attempts to define marriage as between one man and one woman, found a space right next to the witness table.
"I saw with so many of the gay couples, they were so devoted to another. I saw so much love," he said. "When this hearing was over, I was a changed person in regard to this issue. I felt that I understood what same sex couples were looking for."
• James Morris, a sophomore elementary education major at the University of Maryland, writes in the independent student newspaper The Diamondback that marriage is a gift from God.
[God] established marriage as a sacrament that can unite only a man and a woman. It is neither our right, nor our ability to redefine it. It is not an issue of "marriage equality" as many have claimed, but one of moral consciousness.
REACTION FROM TWITTER:
@Rob_Vela The #SSM die has been cast. An exciting time in U.S. history! Congrats #Maryland, #California & the many other states quickly progressing!
@Butchhuff Gay marriage now a reality in Maryland. Chris Christie--'There goes the neighborhood.'
@ruhjuhnee Looks like I'm registering to vote in Maryland... @baltimoresun: "Gay marriage law likely will be up to voters"
@ChestyLaRue125 'Bout time Maryland! HOORAY FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE!