Opponents say the map unfairly splits African-American neighborhoods to bolster the chances of incumbents. And they say it is designed to deny Republicans a seat in Congress by squeezing tens of thousands of registered Democrats into a traditionally conservative Western Maryland district.
Question 6 — Voters will decide whether to uphold the new law legalizing same-sex marriage. The law stipulates that religious institutions such as churches, synagogues and mosques would not have to perform marriage ceremonies that violate their faith.
The ballot question would not change the current public accomodations law, under which religious institutions that offer public charitable services — such as soup kitchens — cannot deny a gay couple.
Supporters say that gay couples should have the same rights as straight couples, and point to a long list of legal benefits that accompany marriage.
Opponents say that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
Question 7 — Voters will determine if the state should add a sixth casino (to be located in Prince George’s County), allow table games like poker at all sites and increase the permitted number of slot machines in Maryland from 15,000 to 16,500. If voters in Prince George’s County reject the measure, the additional casino would not be built, but the other two parts of the law would go forward.
If the additional casino is built, some existing casinos would pay a lower tax rate on their profits as compensation for the new competition. Overall, the changes would bring the state an additional $100 million a year in tax revenue by 2019, according to an independent state analysis.
Supporters say the new casino would create jobs and tax revenues.They say that adding table games would make Maryland’s gambling venues more competitive with those in surrounding states.
Opponents say the additional site would saturate the casino market and reduce profits at current sites. Vegas-style table games, they say, would draw young people who are most at-risk for gambling addition.