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Friday, August 31, 2012

Maryland Voting on Same-Sex Marriage

Images-10Maryland will be voting on same-sex marriage on the November ballot, and it could become the first state to affirm same-sex marriage in a popular vote. 

In March, Maryland lawmakers approved a measure that would allow same-sex unions, but it would not take effect until 2013. The issue is again up for debate because Maryland opponents of same-sex marriage gathered more than 100,000 signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot.

Despite the push back, supporters of same-sex marriage are still hopeful because it is 2012 and public attitudes have continued to change.  Also, Maryland’s ballot initiative will be written differently—framed in an affirmative manner as opposed to a yes vote indicating rejection of the idea. 

Supporters also have encouraging news from polls. The Washington Post conducted a poll in January that indicated half of Maryland residents supported same-sex marriage, and polls now suggest that even more residents support it now.

While advocates of same-sex marriage will be spending $5 million to $7 million to promote their cause, they also suspect that the opponents will spend large amounts of money for the opposite pull too.

In November, Maine, Minnesota and Washington will join Maryland in voting on same-sex marriage.

See Rebecca Berg, In Maryland, Gay Marriage Seeks a ‘Yes’ at the Polls, The New York Times, Aug. 25, 2012. 

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