Gay Marriage Politics

January 25, 2012 - 5:05 PM
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 file photo, Ken Jackson, right, and Don Taylor carry a sign that reads "Stand Up For Marriage - One Man + One Woman" following a rally at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. on the day Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, announced her support for legalizing gay marriage. With a flurry of coast-to-coast developments in late January 2012, same-sex marriage is back in the political spotlight and likely to remain there through Election Day as a half-dozen states face potentially wrenching votes on the issue. In most of the showdown states - notably Maryland, New Jersey, Washington and Minnesota - polls suggest voters are almost evenly divided on whether gays deserve the right to wed. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)