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Maryland Senate votes to change state song

The Maryland Senate voted Thursday to strip pro-Confederate lyrics from the state's song, "Maryland, My Maryland."

Senators voted 38-8 for a compromise bill that would keep the old verses written in 1861 as Maryland's "historic state song" but replace lyrics denouncing Abraham Lincoln and referring to "Northern scum" in the version to be used on official occasions.

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The Senate voted after a brief debate on which Sen. Robert Cassilly, a Harford County Republican, criticized the bill for erasing the history of people who felt deeply about their principles.

The bill's sponsor, Frederick County Democratic Sen. Ron Young, said the old verses do not represent Maryland's values.

The House of Delegates still must consider the proposal.

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