Report: Poll Shows Marylanders Support Same Sex Marriage
A newly released Washington Post poll shows residents favor upholding the same sex marriage law.
A Washington Post poll found that 52 percent of likely Maryland voters would uphold the state law allowing same-sex marriages, while 43 percent would vote against upholding it. If approved, the law will go into effect next year.
Same-sex marriage won a narrow legislative approval earlier this year, but opponents petitioned to have a referendum placed on the November ballot—Question 6.
The Post poll, which telephoned 1,106 Maryland adults, found likely voters divided on the issue by race, region and political party:
- White voters support gay marriage 56 percent to 39 percent
- African Americans are against the measure 53 percent to 42 percent
- 76 percent of white Democrats support same-sex marriage, while 40 percent of black Democrats support it.
- Republicans oppose the issue 2 to 1
- In Montgomery County 65 percent of likely voters support the measure, 31 percent oppose it
- In Prince George's County 54 percent are opposed to it, 43 percent in favor
- Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel and Howard counties tilt in favor
In September, Gonzales Research, an Annapolis polling firm, found similar results in its poll. The firm polled 813 registered voters across the state and found that 51 percent of likely voters would support Question 6, while 43 percent were against it.
If the measure is approved, Maryland would become the seventh U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage. The other six are Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Washington D.C. has also legalized same-sex marriage.
In addition, voters in Maine and Washington state will vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage in November.
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