POLL: Maryland Equality Losing In Strangely-Worded Poll

The National Organization for Marriage is bragging that a new Baltimore Sun poll shows a marriage equality referendum in Maryland losing with a 47-46 percent vote with 6 percent undecided. What’s strange about the poll is that the question asked if voters would “make same-sex marriage legal or illegal in Maryland,” which is a far cry from how Question 6 reads. In addition to not providing context about the measure’s religious protections, the question obscures the fact that the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled in May that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, at least for the purposes of divorce. Though the question must be approved for same-sex couples to start marrying within the state, this poll’s results do not seem to accurately reflect what it says.