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May 25, 2012

Poll: In a Referendum, Maryland Blacks Would Support Gay Marriage

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Written by: Kelly Virella
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Gay pride flag in the Castro, San Francisco's gay enclave. Photo courtesy of Flickr/sigmaration


efore Obama endorsed gay marriage, many of its opponents were confident that they could repeal Maryland’s new same sex marriage law by holding a referendum on the issue. Now, they can’t be so cocky. A poll released yesterday shows that Maryland’s support for gay marriage has increased 12 percent since Obama’s endorsement, with most of the shift coming from African-American voters who have flipped their stance on the issue. Fifty-five percent of Maryland blacks now support gay marriage and would vote against such an amendment and 36 percent oppose it, according to the poll. It’s likely Obama’s endorsement affected them. Before it, 56 percent of blacks opposed gay marriage and 39 percent supported it. Below are the full poll results. Check out how participants answered the individual questions.

Maryland Polling Memo

About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.