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Maryland GOP gives voters the last word
Referendums can reverse legislation
GOP lawmakers say winning at the polls would provide evidence that voters are more moderate than their elected officials and are fed up with what they consider excessively liberal causes.
Democrats predict that the election could bring them several landmark victories, confirming the state’s status as a bastion of progressive politics.
Maryland could become the first state to uphold same-sex marriage in a referendum after more than 30 states have rejected it. Polls show residents are divided relatively evenly on the issue.
Officials including Gov. Martin O’Malley have campaigned publicly for the Dream Act and gay marriage, urging supporters to turn out at the polls and to donate campaign money.
Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, who co-sponsored the gay marriage and Dream Act bills, said he thinks supporters will need to draw young voters and effectively explain the issues.
“I don’t think it’s a slam-dunk, but I think the presidential election will mobilize a lot of people,” said Mr. Pinsky, Prince George’s Democrat. “If they can raise enough money and advocates can get out there on the issues, I think we’ll do well.”
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