Groups Pro and Con on Gay Marriage Make Final Push

Gale Horton Gay | 10/2/2012, 11:14 p.m.

McCoy said he expects a heavy voter turnout with this being a presidential election year and with the gaming issue also being on the ballot. He said that the millions spent on pro and con gaming advertising will help his group in getting voters to the polls.

He added that the Maryland Marriage Alliance will have a media blitz this month.

Nix said it's crucial that voters are clear about the limits of the proposed same-sex marriage law.

"It's really important for folks to understand this is about civil marriage," said Nix, who stressed that the issue is a "legislative matter, a public policy matter and nothing in the church changes." He said religious liberties remain protected. "Clergy don't have to do anything they don't want to do."

Polling indicates African Americans in Maryland are equally split on the issue, however, there's been a "slight uptick" in favor of the measure since March, Nix said. When President Barack Obama endorsed same-sex marriage in May followed by the NAACP's board of directors' support of the issue, which Nix called "a one-two punch," it made many in the African-American community take notice.

Nix said the polls clearly show positive momentum on the side of supporting gay marriage.

In the remaining weeks before the election, Marylanders for Equality plan to concentrate its efforts on door-to-door canvassing and using phone banks to reach prospective voters.

Nix added that if the same-sex marriage passes, Maryland will become the first state below the Mason-Dixon Line to approve same-sex unions and will help to advance the national momentum.