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D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), pictured, and Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi announced a surplus Monday and attributed the windfall to underspending, particularly on tuition to private schools for special-education students. (Jim Cole/AP)

Rally against Md. marriage bill: Hundreds gathered outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis on Monday night to protest against Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed same-sex marriage bill. Though a new Post poll shows a majority of Marylanders now support same-sex marriage, it is uncertain whether the bill will pass.

Viagra rules in Va. abortion bill: State Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax) doesn’t like a Republican bill requiring an ultrasound before a woman can have an abortion — so she tried (unsuccessfully) to add a little “gender equity” to the bill in the form of new Viagra regulations.

Coming up today on Washingtonpost.com:

Ch-ch-changes: Jon DeNunzio has a rundown of how we’re changing the way we present and moderate comments posted to our stories. Have any suggestions on how we can improve the comment threads? Just let us know!

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