In approximately three weeks, Washington residents will go to the voting booth to decide on a marriage rights law (they will also pull the lever in the US presidential election). According to a recent poll, 54 percent of state voters are in favor of same sex marriage.
As reported by the Seattle Times, the poll was conducted between 12 to 14 Oct., and has a margin of error of 4.3 percent.
Called Referendum 74, the ballot measure is the gay marriage bill Gov. Christine Gregoire signed this past February. The law was to go into effect in early June, but anti-same sex marriage advocates submitted more than the required 120,577 signatures of registered Washington voters to put the law to a state wide vote.
In this US election cycle, three other states have marriage equality measures. The New England state Maine and the Mid-Atlantic state of Maryland have same sex marriage referendums. Minnesota, a Midwestern state, has a ballot initiative defining marriage as a union only between a man and woman.
Gay marriage might poll well, but its record when it comes to actual votes is abysmal. No US state has ever approved LGBT unions by a plebiscite.
Presently same sex marriages are only legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Columbia