Poll shows majority favor same-sex marriage in Maryland
October 18th, 2012
09:45 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll shows majority favor same-sex marriage in Maryland

(CNN) – A majority of likely voters in Maryland support an upcoming ballot question on same-sex marriage by a slight majority, a poll released Thursday indicated.

The survey, from the Washington Post, showed 52% of likely voters in the state supported Question 6, which would uphold Maryland's current same-sex marriage law. Forty three percent did not support the question.

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Maryland residents are scheduled to cast ballots in November on Question 6, voting either to uphold or strike down a bill legalizing same-sex marriage that was signed into law in March by Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat.

With the law, Maryland joined seven states and Washington, D.C., in allowing gay couples to wed, but it isn't scheduled to take effect until January 1, giving both its opponents and advocates a chance to ratchet up campaign efforts to sway voters.

Michael Bloomberg, New York City's billionaire three-term mayor who attended college at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, donated $250,000 to support the issue in Maryland.

Currently, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In February, Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire signed a bill into law that legalizes same-sex marriage, but that state similarly faces a referendum challenge in November.

Both Maine and Minnesota are also voting on the issue November 6.

Five states - Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and Rhode Island - currently allow civil unions that provide rights similar to marriage.

In California, a federal appeals court ruled against a voter-passed referendum that outlawed same-sex marriage. It said such a ban was unconstitutional and that it singled out gays and lesbians for discrimination.

That case appears to be eventually headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Washington Post poll released Thursday was conducted by telephone October 11-15 from 843 likely voters, and the sampling error was plus or minus four percentage points.

CNN's David Arisoto contributed to this report.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Ed1

    And you wonder why this Country is going down the tubes you can't reproduce without a man and a woman and that's a fact try and have a baby without an egg and sperm and see what happens nothing but sick sex.

    October 18, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. gt

    no surprise....northeast liberals...

    October 18, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. NOTADEMOCRAT

    New gallup poll has the majority of Americans favoring Romney over Obama. 51% – 45%

    October 18, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Phyllis G Williams

    God, Your Creator (Colossians 1: 16) does not Marry homosexuals, He sends them to the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20: 12-15)
    We are His children whom he made and His order is in Genesis 2: 24 , OBEY or go to the FIRE.

    Homosexuals are a disgrace to the country, bringing judgment from God Who doesn't want them:
    "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is
    a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret" (Ephesians 5: 11-12).
    Homosexuals are destroyed by God with fire and brimstone (Genesis 19: 24),
    they are called "uncleanness " or nasty people (Romans 1: 24),
    "condemned to death (Leviticus 20: 13), "the vengeance of eternal fire" Jude verse 7
    "their sin is very grievous"(Genesis 18: 20). If you love them, tell them to Repent like
    the rest of humanity (Romans 3: 23).

    October 18, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. jmmjr49er

    Wait for the vote. California thought they would pass it and oops...Blacks, Asians and Hispanics got in the voting booth and said No Way!

    October 18, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Time to stop ALL the discrimination.

    October 18, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. dfgt

    Well actually anyone can win. But I believe Obama can win this election.

    October 18, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Core republican Values

    I live in Maryland, and I can't wait to vote for same sex marriage! Maryland will be the first state to approve the referendum, joining the other states currently allowing same sex marriage that got there without requiring a referendum. I'm very proud of our state.

    October 18, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F

    If people are opposed to same sex marriage, they probably should not get one.

    October 18, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. betterdays

    Favor it over what?

    October 18, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. LacrosseMom

    That's wonderful that the people of Maryland, are kind and just with their fellow citizens.

    I wanted to make a comment about Romney's son, Tagg (what kind of name is this?) wanting to take a "swing at the president". What kind of person wants to "take a swing" at the President of the United States?!!!!! An angry, mean, bully that's who! Have any of your college teams played against BYU? They are a mean, nasty team. I feared for our sons the whole time they played against the bullies of BYU! The Mormons are so plugged-up, not being able to be regular people who "sow their wild seeds" that they create mean, bullies!

    Tagg Romney is a rude, mean man! Like father like son! Wake up America!

    October 18, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. patNY

    No one should be proud of this...it's a total afront against the basic tenants of Democracy – that the rights of the minority should not be determined by the whims of the majority – that the minority should be protected against the tyranny of the majority. Also, those who are against same sex marriage also are against it being decided by unelected judges, and also say it should be decided by the people – well the people spoke – through their elected representatives in the Maryland state legislature – and approved same sex marriage rights. That all said, I'm happy I live in a marriage equality state – NY!

    October 18, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    betterdays

    Favor it over what?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Over denying Americans the right to do so. Are you REALLY that obtuse or are you just playing for the low information crowd?

    October 18, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Gallup:

    Promote "traditional" values: 44%

    Gov't should not favor any particular set of values: 52%

    October 18, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Canuck

    @Phyllis G Williams

    I want no part of your hateful religion. Thanks.

    October 18, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |