Supporters, opponents spend last day rallying for Question 6 and 7
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In the days leading up to this Election Day, supporters and opponents of Question 6 and 7 in Maryland made sure those still undecided on the issues heard their side.
If passed, Question 6 would establish "that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying." The measure does not force any church to perform a same sex marriage.
So far, 32 out of 32 states have voted against same sex marriage. But Maryland's democratic politics could make it very favorable terrain.
After election day, advocates on both sides of this issue will turn their attention to the supreme court which will soon decide whether to review California's Prop 8 or the Defense of Marriage Act.
Question 7 focuses on the expansion of gaming in the state. If passed, the measure would allow table games at existing Maryland casinos and pave the way for a sixth gaming facility. The revenue raised from gaming would go to education.
According to state analysts - who are supposed to be impartial - if Question 7 passes and six approved casinos are up and running in 2017, it is projected they will bring in $190 billion that year. The casino operators can pocket $920 million, counties and horse racing each get $100 million. Then $750 million must go to the education trust fund. That's about $150 million more for schools than without Question 7.
But that doesn't mean per student spending increases.