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Maryland Passes Same-Sex Marriage, Three Other States Still Couting

Nandini Ruparel |
November 6, 2012 | 4:25 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

A rally in Washington, DC (eatswords/Creative Commons)
A rally in Washington, DC (eatswords/Creative Commons)
Maryland passed a same sex-marriage ballot measure. Maine, Minnesota and Washington are still counting results for similar measures.

In Maryland, Question 6, which would uphold the marriage equality law signed in March, passed.

GetEQUAL's executive director Robin McGehee said: "It's thrilling to see such a landslide of progressive wins tonight -- from equality-minded candidates, to opportunity for all our young people through access to higher education, to marriage winning at the ballot box for the first time. I'm overwhelmed with hope for our country, hope for our community, and hope for my children. Now is the time to ensure that all of the candidates who won tonight hold steadfast to their commitments to equality and justice for all -- our work begins right now!" in a press release.

The measure had strong support from voters. According to a Washington Post poll on Oct. 23, 52 percent of likely voters supported the ballot and 43 percent of voters did not.

Maine Question 1, which reads "Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?" was widely supported in pre-election day polls. According to Public Policy Polling, "Yes On 1" held support 52 to 45 percent as of Nov. 2nd. 

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An amendment to the Minnesota constitution, Amendment 1, would define marriage as being between a man and a woman was favored to fail. Following Republican strategist Michael Brodkorb saying that party insiders espoused support for the amendment because it "provided a turnout opportunity" for Republicans, support for the amendment has become a tricky issue. According to Public Policy Polling on Nov. 3, 51 percent of voters were opposed to the amendment and 45 percent were for the amendment.

Washington Referendum 74 was ahead in early results, which showed the voters supporting the referendum. It asked voters whether a bill signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire in February upholding same-sex marriage should continue to be in effect, and support for the referendum is strong. According to a Washington Poll on Oct. 16, 54 percent of respondents were for the measure, and 38 percent were against it. The referendum could lead to same sex marriages starting as early as December 9th.

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