Same Sex Marriage in Maryland: The Saliency of Religiosity in Determining Voter Support
Jonathan Wesley Hutto
Howard University - Department of Political Science
November 3, 2013
2014 National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) Annual Meeting
During the Maryland 2012 General election, 52% of voters statewide approved Question 6 legalizing same sex marriage. In an overwhelmingly Democratic state, early polling demonstrated a difference in support between White and Black Democrats with 70% of White Democrats favoring the measure and over half of Black Democrats disapproving. Nevertheless, the final vote tally in majority Black Prince Georges County showed an even split among voters. A review of survey data from the Washington Post as well as in depth interviews with opponents and supporters will demonstrate the saliency of religiosity, not race, as the primary factor determining voter support for same sex marriage.
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Date posted: November 4, 2013 ; Last revised: March 18, 2014
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