Majority in Maryland supports marriage equality

Posted by John Wagner on

"A new statewide poll finds Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's job approval rating higher than it's ever been and includes some encouraging news for advocates of the freedom to marry.

"Fifty-eight percent of Maryland voters approve of the way O'Malley (D) is handling his job, while 30 percent disapprove and 13 percent are not sure, according to the poll by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies. The approval figure is the highest for O'Malley in a Gonzales poll since he became governor in 2007.

... "The poll also includes good numbers for advocates of marriage equality, a high-profile issue this legislative session.

"In the poll, 51 percent of voters say they would favor a law in Maryland allowing same-sex couples to marry, while 44 percent opposed such a law and 5 percent gave no response.

"If the legislature passes a marriage equality bill, it is likely to be petitioned to the ballot for a statewide vote in 2012.

... "The Gonzales poll of 802 registered voters who vote regularly was conducted Jan. 13 to Jan. 19. It is said to have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points."

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