The fate of a same-sex marriage initiative on the ballot in Maine this November comes down to numbers.
Two polls conducted in recent months indicate 55 percent or more of all Mainers favor the initiative, an amount slightly higher than national polling, which indicates 51 percent of Americans do not oppose same-sex marriage.
The other number has to do with the success at the ballot box of gay marriage initiatives: 0. In 32 states in which voters have had a say — including Maine in 2009 — they have rejected it. Until now, laws have been passed through court rulings or legislative action.
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