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High Stakes in Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Lobby to spend more than $1 million on referendum to legalize the unions



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    Same-sex marriage supporters are pouring more money into efforts to legalize the unions in Maryland.

    The Human Rights Campaign will announce today it's spending another $250,000 to help get a referendum on same-sex marriage passed.

    Maryland voters will decide this November whether to affirm the state's new law, legalizing the unions, after marriage opponents collected enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot year.

    The Human Rights Campaign, which is the nation’s largest gay rights lobby, plans on spending more than $1.5 million in Maryland this year. It’s also focusing three other states – Maine, Minnesota and Washington – which also have same-sex marriage-related measures on their ballots this November.