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National NOW Times >> Fall 2012  >> Article

States Fight for Marriage Equality

Marriage equality will be on the ballot in four states this November: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. President Barack Obama supports marriage equality, and polls indicate that voter support is increasing as well.

NOW cheered when Maryland and Washington state legislatures passed, and governors signed, same-sex marriage laws, but opponents got referenda on the ballot to try to keep these laws from taking effect. Meanwhile, although Minnesota law already prohibits same-sex marriage, opponents are trying to amend their state constitution to ban it. On a positive note, the referendum in Maine would overturn a ban and allow same-sex couples to marry.

NOW activists are working with allies in these states to make the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry a reality this November. For more information and to get involved, visit your state NOW website, which can be found at

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