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Maryland House vote expected on gay marriage bill OKed by Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland lawmakers were expected to vote on Friday on a bill that could make Maryland the sixth state where gay marriage is legal.

Senate Bill 116, or the Civil Marriage Protection Act, was narrowly approved by the Senate in February, sending it to the House of Delegates, where it lost some of its momentum.

Two co-sponsors of the same sex marriage bill delayed the vote last week while it was being reviewed in committee. Ultimately it moved forward with a close vote and is now being considered by the full House.

Some supporters expressed doubts that the bill would clear the House. However, the House Democratic leadership was confident it would be passed.

If the bill is approved, Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley, who has publicly supported the bill, is expected to sign it into law.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)