ELECTION COUNTDOWN

Battlefield Report: Truths, Lies And Good Poll Numbers In MD Gay-Marriage Battle

We’ve got a little more than a week until marriage equality comes to a public referendum in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. As we near the big day, Queerty is zooming in on the fights in these battleground states.

In Maryland, voters will be deciding on Question 6, which would affirm the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which legalizes same-sex marriage.  The act was already passed by the State Legislature and signed by Governor O’Malley.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the group campaigning to get Question 6 passed, produced a radio ad that uses President Obama’s view on gay marriage to drive the point home with everyday voters. (Check out the spot above.)

We’re cautiously optimistic about the fight in the Old Line State: A Washington Post poll from October 18 indicates support for marriage equality in Maryland is at 52%, compared to 43% who oppose it. But as the Post reminds us, “historically, opposition to gay nuptials at the ballot box has been stronger than polls suggested.”

Our opponents have whipped up an ad campaign of their own, but one relying on fear and misinformation (no shock there). A recent ad, called “Parents Have No Rights,” warns Maryland families that if Question 6 passes, their kids will be indoctrinated by bleeding-heart gay radicals looking to turn them into fairies.

To find out how to get involved, visit the Marylanders for Marriage Equality website.