Marriage Equality on the Move in Maryland

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Some new poll numbers:

A new poll released this morning by a gay-rights group shows solid support for the state's new same-sex marriage law, with 54 percent of likely voters saying they would support the measure and 40 percent opposing. 

The poll was conducted by Hart Research Associates, the same group that does surveys for Gov. Martin O'Malley. The pollster used live callers to contact 504 respondents, and reported a margin of error of 4.5 percent....

The poll also shows that African-American voters in the state are evenly split on the issue, 44 percent supporting to 45 percent opposed. Black voter make up a sizable portion of the state's Democratic voters -- and other polls have shown them to be cool to the idea. 

Hart attributes the shift to President Barack Obama's announcement earlier this year that he supports same-sex marriage, which the pollsters say "has resulted in a durable shift in attitude among African-American voters."
Above, comedian and B'more native Mo'Nique makes the pitch.

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