Fortunately, marriage equality supporters are beginning the referendum process in a strong position: A majority of Marylanders support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. This includes 65 percent of Democrats under the age of 50. And younger voters, who overwhelmingly favor marriage equality, are expected to turn out in droves for President Barack Obama. They understand it's only fair that Prince George's County Police Officer Irene Huskens, who served her country in the U.S. Air Force, wants the opportunity to marry. They get that Steve Reilly of Annapolis wants his mom to marry her partner of 18 years just as he was able to marry his wife. They empathize with Penny Nichols of Bowie who proudly told lawmakers she was "taking a stand as a strong, steadfast, straight mother" of a lesbian daughter.