Lawmakers in Maryland's state senate gave their final approval late Thursday to a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state. The senate voted 25 to 21 in favor of the law, which Governor Martin O'Malley, a Democrat has said he will sign.
The bill now heads to the Maryland house of delegates, where both sides predicted the debate could be rancorous.
Earlier this week, Hawaii legalized civil unions, which provide similar rights and privileges as marriage.
Maryland would become the eighth state—plus the District of Columbia—that grants same-sex couples rights comparable to straight ones.
The Baltimore Sun shared this video about the bill: