Maryland Politics: Gauging gay marriage support at primary polls

September 14, 2010|By Julie Bykowicz | Baltimore Sun reporter

Equality Maryland says it will be asking primary voters today about same-sex marriage -- grassroots outreach that the gay-rights group hopes will put it in touch with hundreds of voters.

In a release this morning, Equality Maryland described the exit polling as a "massive voter ID effort" that will occur throughout the day in Anne Arundel, Frederick and Prince George's counties. Anne Arundel and Frederick feature a mix of Democratic and Republican voters, while heavily Democratic Prince George's contains voters with more conservative social values.

According to Morgan Meneses-Sheets, executive director of Equality Maryland:

"On primary day as voter exit the polls in Anne Arundel, Frederick and Prince George's County they will be asked a simple question, "Do you support marriage for same sex couples?".

Equality Maryland volunteers will be at these polling places to collect postcards in support of their two key issues  marriage equality and gender identity anti-discrimination protections."

Discussion about same-sex marriage permeated the legislature this year as Attorney General Douglas Gansler released an opinion saying the state should recognize such unions legally performed in other states. In Maryland, marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.

Equality Maryland, a cadre of lawmakers and others predict the legislature may tackle legalizing civil unions -- or perhaps even marriage -- between same-sex couples in the coming session.

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