President Barack Obama's announcement that he favors same-sex unions could help turn back a likely referendum challenging the gay marriage law approved in Maryland this year, the law's supporters said Wednesday.
But opponents organizing a petition drive to get the issue on the
ballot said they remained confident that Marylanders would vote their
conscience and reject gay marriage, regardless of their support for the
Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a law legalizing gay marriage in March.
It's scheduled to take effect in January, but a successful referendum
could wipe it off the books. Six states and the District of Columbia
issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples; Washington state also
passed a law this year that has yet to take effect.