Maryland Set to Be 6th State to OK Gay Marriage Marriage bill expected by spring By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Jan 13, 2011 1:44 AM CST Updated Jan 13, 2011 7:08 AM CST 18 comments Comments "It's time to live with the promise that is marriage equality. No other institution provides the legal protections," the head of the state's largest gay rights group says. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) (Newser) – Gay rights advocates say momentum is building to make Maryland the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriages. Democrats increased their majority in the State Senate in November's elections, giving the party a super majority in both chambers, making passage of new legislation likely. Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley has said he will sign a gay marriage bill into law, CNN reports. Same-sex marriages are already recognized in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, DC.