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Opponent of Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage bill, Eddie Reynoso celebrates at Los Angeles City Hall on February 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the voter-approved Proposition 8 measure violates the civil rights of gay men and lesbians.
Today, an appeals court will take up New York’s same-sex marriage law. It’s another example of the courts exerting influence over one of society’s most controversial issues.
But this fall, the issue of same-sex marriage will appear on the ballot of four states: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.
So, why these states, and what are the chances of voters’ passing the measure? Same-sex marriage has failed at the polls more than 30 times before.
Patrick Egan, political scientist from NYU who studies public opinion on same-sex marriage