A Washington Post poll has found that 50% of Maryland residents support marriage equality, while 44% oppose it. While Maryland is generally a more liberal state in the grand scheme of things, there is a big divide on the issue based on party affiliation, race, religion and age.
Overall, white Democrats support the measure, with 71% in favor and 24% in opposition. African-American Democrats, however, generally oppose it, with 53% against it and 41% for it.
Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley (right) is aiming to pass marriage-equality legislation this year. His wife, Katie, called anti-gay legislators “cowards” last weekend when the two appeared at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force conference in Baltimore, but quickly apologized.