Besides high-profile presidential and congressional elections, three states -- Maryland, Maine and Washington state -- are voting on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. In all three states, supporters of marriage equality are leading in varying degrees. A fourth state, Minnesota, has a constitutional gay marriage ban on its ballot.
In Maryland, the governor signed a law legalizing same-sex marriage, but the measure is up for a referendum next month. A recent poll showed that the those in favor upholding the law are ahead 52% to 43% of likely voters.
Like Maryland, Washington's governor signed a law legalizing gay marriage, but the measure is appearing on the ballot as Referendum 74. A recent poll showed that marriage equality is leading 56.3% to 35.6%, with 6.1% undecided.
Unlike those three states, Minnesota has a ballot initiative for a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. This race is extremely tight in a state that is widely depicted as liberal, with 47% in favor of the ban 46% opposed.
Up to this point, every single state ballot measure banning same-sex marriage has passed. This year promises to be different, and possibly the start of a trend going the other way.
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