Monday, September 24, 2012

National Organization for Marriage may lose statewide referenda in both Maine and Washington State... wonder how they'll spin it

Matthew Stone, of the Bangor Daily News reports that "The Maine People’s Resource Center found 53% of voters saying they would vote “yes” on a ballot question asking, “Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?” Forty-three percent of respondents said they planned to vote “no,” while 4% of voters were undecided."
The 53-43 edge for same-sex marriage supporters is a narrower one than previous polls, though the resource center’s survey is the first to ask voters the exact question they will see on the ballot in November.
     Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers, also the Republican candidate for Maine’s Senate seat, finalized that wording at the end of July. Polls taken in June, before the question’s wording was finalized, found greater levels of support for legalizing same-sex marriage.
     A poll by the Portland firm Critical Insights conducted June 20-25 found a 57-35 edge for same-sex marriage supporters, and a survey conducted by the MassINC Polling Group for the Boston public radio station WBUR June 13-14 found 55 percent of voters supporting the same-sex marriage initiative, compared to 36 percent opposing it. The Critical Insights survey asked voters, “Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry,” and the WBUR poll asked voters if they supported a law that would allow same-sex couples to marry and “protects religious freedom” by not requiring clergy to perform same-sex marriages.
In Washington State, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Referendum 74, approving same-sex marriage,: ahead 52-40 percent with 8 percent undecided. Its lead has edged up from 49-39 percent in July. The measure would ratify legislation, passed last February and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire, making Washington the seventh state to legalize marriage equality.

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