Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks in support of a same-sex marriage bill during a news conference last month in Annapolis. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

After some initial discussion of the bill Wednesday morning, Senate Minority Whip Edward R. Reilly (R-Anne Arundel) requested that the bill be “laid over” to give his side more time to draft amendments and study changes made to the legislation last week in the House of Delegates.

The request was granted by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), though he noted that he does not think the eventual vote on the bill, which legalizes gay nuptials, will be any different than last year, when the chamber passed similar legislation.

“I don’t anticipate a single vote has changed,” Miller said.

A same-sex marriage bill sponsored by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) narrowly passed the House on Friday night.

Despite Wednesday’s delay, supporters still expect to the bill to get to O’Malley for his signature by the end of the week.