ANNAPOLIS, Md. —A bill to legalize gay marriage in Maryland fell short Friday after supporters failed to find enough votes to overcome Republican opposition and misgivings by some Democrats in the deeply Catholic state.
A final vote had been expected in the House, but the overwhelmingly Democratic chamber's leaders instead withdrew it. A confluence of factors helped fracture Democratic support, including a split among black lawmakers, the opposition of some churches and trouble for some freshman lawmakers in determining what their constituents wanted.
"The vote would have been very close, make no mistake about it," said House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, minutes after lawmakers returned the bill to a House committee on a voice vote, effectively killing it for the year.
Firefighters gaining on Boulder wildfire
BOULDER, Colo. —Crews are gaining ground on a wildfire that has scorched at least 200 acres in the foothills west of Boulder, Colo., and prompted the evacuation of more than 200 homes.
About 100 firefighters aided by an air tanker dropping retardant had contained 25 percent of the blaze by Friday evening. Evacuation orders have been lifted in some areas, but it's unclear how many homes are affected.
Officials say the fire is threatening 12 homes and six other buildings. No structures have been damaged.
The U.S. Forest Service says the fire is human-caused, but it hasn't elaborated.
The National Weather Service has declared the I-25 corridor and much of eastern Colorado at high risk for fire.