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posted Friday, September 21, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 38
For 1st time, gay marriage may win statewide vote
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For 1st time, gay marriage may win statewide vote

Joel Page / AP

After losing some 30 ballots on same-sex marriage across the country over the past decade, advocates of lesbian and gay couples are encouraged by polls showing they have a good chance of finally logging their first victory in a statewide popular vote.

Polls show majorities back same-sex marriage in Maryland, Washington and Maine, and they indicate a tight battle in Minnesota  the four states holding votes on the issue in November.

Were feeling positive. The reality is, we havent won a ballot measure on marriage yet, said Sarah Warbelow, state legislative director for the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. 'I think its very reasonable and realistic to expect that well win one or more of these ballot measures; certainly the polling suggests that all four are & a possibility.'

Polling ahead of such ballots has not always accurately captured voters sentiment: In California in 2008, the same-sex marriage camp had a majority, though the ban on gay and lesbian marriage ultimately prevailed. In North Carolina, polls had predicted a closer race in the May ballot on the constitutional amendment (a 16-point difference, according to Public Policy Polling at the time), but the anti-gay marriage camp won by more than 20 points.

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