Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill
Law goes to governor for signature and a likely referendum challenge.
The Maryland State Senate passed same-sex marriage by a 25-22 vote Thursday night.
The passage of the bill comes less than a week after the House of Delegates passed the identical bill.
The bill now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature.
The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, is expected to face a referendum challenge and could end up on the November ballot along with the bill that grants in-state tuition rates to some children of illegal immigrants.
All of Montgomery County's eight senators voted yes on the bill.