Same Sex Marriage in Maryland: The Saliency of Religiosity in Determining Voter Support

21 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2013 Last revised: 18 Mar 2014

Jonathan Wesley Hutto

Howard University - Department of Political Science

Richard Seltzer

Howard University

Date Written: November 3, 2013

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Hutto, Jonathan Wesley and Seltzer, Richard, Same Sex Marriage in Maryland: The Saliency of Religiosity in Determining Voter Support (November 3, 2013). 2014 National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) Annual Meeting. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2349433 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2349433

Jonathan Wesley Hutto (Contact Author)

Howard University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Richard Seltzer

Howard University ( email )

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Washington, DC 20059
United States
202-806-6857 (Phone)

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