Personal appeals swaying Md. lawmakers considering gay marriage

As legislators weighed the highest-profile issue in Annapolis this year -- in some cases trying to reconcile their desire to extend rights with their religious beliefs -- they heard plenty from lobbyists and advocacy groups on both sides. But it's the personal appeals that are making a difference, some lawmakers say.



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Joe Bellew, left, and Tim Connor sit at home with their daughter Grace Bellew-Connor, 11. Connor lobbied Sen. James Brochin to pass the same-sex marriage bill in the Senate this session. Several of the delegates were lobbied on a personal level by same-sex couples who are neighbors, have children that play on the same sports teams or attend the same churches.

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