msnbc | November 05, 2012
>> seen the fight for marriage equality become so prominent than the election this year. tomorrow, same-sex marriage meshes in maine, maryland , washington and minnesota and could yield pivotal results. maryland could be the first to vote it in. joining me now live from my hometown of baltimore, martin o'malley. it's good to have you here. i want to get straight to these numbers. as we know, the support for marriage equality nationally is at 54%. americans say they approve, however, a recent poll shows the issue is is now in a dead heat for your state and as i've been doing my research, i've hearned some leaders may rally against it. is this an influence of politics?
>> i don't think so. i think that sun poll is an outliou outlier. most of the polls show that we can come to the conclusion that we can protect religious freedom and rights. we can do both. that's what question six is all about. so with the exception of that baltimore sun poll, most of the others are showing marriage equality running several points ahead. and we're hoping that tomorrow, marylanders of every faith will vote for marriage equality .
>> sir, as we've seen and known for years, maryland is solidly blue for the president, but in states like north carolina where we saw a measure like this, they instituted an anti same-sex measure in north carolina . does this chip away at support that the president might have? is it costing him voters in certain places like minnesota or north carolina .
>> i'm not sure about that, thomas. i can tell you here that marylanders who are supportive of president obama understand why the president would be supportive of our initiative of question six. and it is because in order to make a more economically competitive country, a more economically competitive economy, we have to build and create a more inclusive country, society. those two things are not separate. they go together. so people here any way, who supported president obama also support and understand why his vision of a more inclusive and ever growing america is consistent with his support of civil marriage equality under the law .
>> governor, you've been very out front on this issue in maryland . do you think that you are risking a lot of your own political capital and future investing yourself in marriage equality for maryland ?
>> no, i don't think so. i mean, look, when these issues come across your plate, you've got to step up and you've got to do what is right not just for the sake of poll numbers. you have to put yourselves in the eyes of your children and ask what sort of society you want to leave to your kids and i want to leave my kids a society that's more inclusive where every child's home is protected equally under the law and that's what we're doing. i think that's what the people of our state are doing about it. we all have different religious perspectives, but we can all agree that every child's home should be protected. that's why we have so many clergy of many different faiths that are supportive.
>> sir, thanks for your time