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2012 is shaping up to be a historic year for marriage equality. Indicators are that it could be the first years voters finally affirmatively vote in support of same-sex marriage. In Maryland, a marriage equality law was approved by the legislature but a referendum put the issue on the November ballot. The latest Washington Post poll shows marriage equality narrowly winning.

Washington Post (10/11-15)
Q: (AMONG LIKELY VOTERS) As you may know, Question 6 on the state ballot is the ‘Civil Marriage Protection Act’. If the election were held today, would you vote yes or no on Question 6? (See ‘complete trends’ page for full wording)

Yes 52%
No 43%
No opinion 5%

The law is currently polling above the 50 percent mark, but success is not guaranteed. In 2008 most polling showed Proposition 8 losing, but it ended up passing.

Maryland is not the only state were same-sex marriage is on the ballot this November and it leads in the polls. In Washington state Referendum 74 is currently leading 55 percent to 40 according to the King 5/SurveyUSA poll. Similarly, in Maine a PPP poll from last month found Question 1 leading 52 percent to 44 percent.