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Rachel Maddow Talks to Maryland Governor O'Malley About Marriage Equality, Ballot Measures: VIDEO


Rachel Maddow interviewed Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley last night in an extended segment on the recent marriage equality victories around the country and the ballot referendums which are challenging them, including information on a recent Maryland poll that shows voters split on the marriage equality issue.


BrownMeanwhile, the AP reports on the election year showdowns on marriage equality in North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington state and the "bruising battle" underway.

"It's crunch time," said Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, the paramount fundraiser for opponents of gay marriage. "We view it as a massive opportunity for a national referendum."

Brown predicts same-sex marriage will be rebuffed in all five states, while gay-marriage supporters hope they can score at least a few victories and break a long losing streak. Since 1998, 31 states have had ballot measures related to same-sex marriage, and in every state the opponents ended up prevailing.

However, the most recent vote was in 2009. Gay-rights activists believe public opinion is moving inexorably in their direction, citing both national polls and policy developments such as repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

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  1. I'm very proud of my governor!!

    Posted by: Laurie | Mar 9, 2012 1:21:30 PM

  2. I agree with Maddow on pretty much everything. But I cannot watch her for long because she is so damn smug. Am I the only one?

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 9, 2012 2:08:33 PM

  3. Gov O'Malley has earned a handy j, at the very least, for being so awesome. Not to mention crazy DILFy!

    Posted by: FFS | Mar 9, 2012 2:23:10 PM

  4. Ditto on agreeing w/Rachel on almost everything, but maybe I shouldn't watch her five nights a week. Sometimes she gets on my nerves. Lawrence O'Donnell is sometimes a refreshing change of pace.

    Posted by: bsmith | Mar 9, 2012 2:30:38 PM

  5. I don't think Rachel's smug. I think she's confident, funny and intelligent. Maybe the issue is you not her.

    Posted by: Becky | Mar 9, 2012 3:33:58 PM

  6. Also proud of my Governor. Way to go!

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 9, 2012 4:00:03 PM

  7. In the language of our forefathers:O cheann amhain go ceann eile Eireannach, buiochas a ghabhail leat Martin O'Malley.(Irish) From one Irishman to another, thank you Martin O'Mammey.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 10, 2012 2:11:13 AM

  8. Sorry, thats O'Malley. Three Vodka tonics made me do it.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 10, 2012 10:04:02 AM

  9. Love Rachel! And the Gov. is my dreamy new hero!

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 10, 2012 10:19:23 AM

  10. I find Rachel absolutely enchanting..every time I am in the US I tune in MSNBC just to watch her -and Mr Roberts as well...

    Posted by: George F | Mar 10, 2012 9:47:50 PM

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