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Maryland Seal

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to officially change the way Maryland translates an old family motto in the state seal has been passed by the Maryland Senate out of concern the old translation was sexist.

Senators voted 40-6 Wednesday to translate the motto as "strong deeds, gentle words," instead of "manly deeds, womanly words."

When Maryland codified the motto "fatti maschii parole femine" in the seal in 1959, it was translated by statute with the gender connotations.