By David Mixner -
That would set the stage for the most public and visible battle around marriage equality since Proposition 8.
There has been good news coming out of the state recently with the latest poll figures showing 51% for marriage and 44% opposed to full equality. That leaves just 5% undecided. In addition, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has announced his support. This young bright legislator is pivotal since he is powerful in crucial Prince George's county. Joining the lieutenant governor in support is Republican State Senator Allan H. Kittleman which created a stir among political decision makers and the media in the state.
There is no question that President Obama's early and strong support would be absolutely critical in the vote. His leadership could have a decisive impact in vote rich-places like Baltimore and Prince George's County.
While Equality Maryland is leading the efforts, national organizations are increasingly putting resources into the state. The newly formed FriendFactor.com has made Maryland their first target state. Working with the state organization they have started a web campaign called "Pop the Question" where it is asking the LGBT community in Maryland to find ten straight friends to assist in the campaign. HRC has seven full time field staff working with Equality Maryland and organizing hard among labor unions. In addition, they have put representatives on college campuses. Freedom to Marry is also heavily involved in the battle with icon Evan Wolfson leading the way.
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