Our view: On legalizing same-sex unions, the grass roots are ahead of the politicians
May 13, 2010
To hear top elected officials talk, you’d think the prospects for legalizing same-sex marriages in Maryland anytime soon were as remote as a return to the moon. But that’s not what the state’s residents are saying. A new poll by The Washington Post has found that support for gay marriage is growing among registered voters in the state, making the issue one that the General Assembly almost inevitably will have to address during its next four-year term.
The poll, conducted May 3-6, found that registered voters favored legalizing same-sex marriages 48 percent to 43 percent. Moreover, among all state residents opinion on the issue is virtually tied, with 46 percent in favor of legalizing such unions and 44 percent opposed. That’s a marked shift from 2007, the last time The Post asked about gay marriage. At that time, only 44 percent of respondents were in favor of legalizing gay unions, with 51 percent opposed.
From the Baltimore Sun - light for all