Efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland ended this year when the House of Delegates voted to send the bill back to committee this afternoon.
The procedural vote came after nearly three hours of debate in which it became clear that the votes, considered close by supporters and opponents, were not there to pass the bill.
The Senate passed the bill being considered by the House on Feb. 24.
During today's debate, the House killed two amendments to the bill in voice votes including one
House leaders and bill sponsors acknowledged that the move to send the bill back to the House Judiciary Committee effectively kills the bill this year.