A Washington Post poll conducted May 3-6 has found that among registered voters in Maryland, 48 percent favor same-sex marriage while 43 percent oppose it. That’s up four percentage points from an identical poll conducted in 2007. Even more encouraging, 55 percent of respondents to the poll say that gay marriages that took place in other states should be recognized in Maryland. Only 38 percent of respondents said that Maryland should not recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, who earlier this year issued a legal opinion that Maryland should recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions, believes that Maryland’s poll numbers reflect larger national trends. Gansler stated, “Attitudes are changing, and they are changing rapidly because there is a recognition that it is unfair, legally and morally, to prohibit people from the pursuit of happiness. Twenty years from now, we'll look back and think this was a quaint discussion—every state will have gone this way.”
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