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Will election results make it be a banner day for marriage equality?

By Ken Williams| San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Final polls in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington show that marriage equality is poised to make history today.

Voters across America have never approved marriage equality at the ballot box. But as Americans have grown increasingly supportive of gay and lesbian couples marrying, 2012 appears to be the year of sea change.

In Maine, the nation’s eastern-most state, 55 percent of likely Maine voters support Question 1, the marriage-equality measure. Only 42 percent disapprove of the measure. The poll was conducted by Critical Insights for the state’s largest newspaper, the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine’s legislature had approved same-sex marriage in 2009, but voters overturned the law later that year by referendum.

In Maryland, several polls show that a majority of voters support the marriage-equality measure, including those taken by the Washington Post and Goucher College. One poll taken by the Baltimore Sun showed only 46 percent approval of the measure, but some critics have questioned the polling methods.

In Washington, polls show majority support for Referendum 74 to approve the state law authorizing marriage equality.

In Minnesota, voters appear poised to reject a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling shows that 52 percent oppose the ban and 45 percent support it.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. We’ll have to pray on that one let’s all do that….

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:19pm
  2. do it we need this

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:20pm
  3. I hope so!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:37pm
  4. Vote

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:40pm
  5. I hope so. Nothing in Pennsylvania for marriage. But I voted Obama, so we should have a good chance nationally!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:50pm
  6. Obama CANNOT give the right to allow marriage guys get a grip! I strongly support equal rights for aLL people. But Obama will not/cannot give the right to marry to anyone! That is a states soverignity right…Marriage is a states ruling so it is the individual states to determine if they will give equal rights or if they will violate the Constitution! ACLU needs to file a lawsuit – class action lawsuit against ALL states for the denial of equal rights to all citizens! And until this happens it will not change!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 4:57pm
  7. Besides Obama is an Islam and homosexuality is the worse sin as adultery!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 4:58pm
  8. ^^^Lmao Obama is not an Islam… he’s christian and belongs to the United Church of Christ. lol wow.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:21pm