A map of Baltimore City containing the 2012 election results including the ballot questions points out how the votes were cast by legislative district down to the neighborhood level. The map appears on state Sen. Bill Ferguson’s website, billforbaltimore.com.
In reviewing the results on Question 6, which was approved by Maryland voters by 52-48 percent legalizing same-sex marriage, the color-coded map offers few surprises. The strongest support for Question 6, which is indicated in green on the map (75-100 percent), occurred in a swath up and down the geographical center of the city and specifically in such neighborhoods as Federal Hill, Canton, Fells Point, Locust Point, Patterson Park, Downtown, Midtown, Mount Vernon, Hampden and Roland Park.
Less supporting of Question 6 (indicated in orange, 25-50 percent) included neighborhoods in Northwest Baltimore and Northeast Baltimore.
Ferguson (D-36), a co-sponsor of the Civil Marriage Protection Act, began serving in 2011. He defeated six-term incumbent George W. Della, Jr. in the Democratic primary in September 2010. At 29, he is the youngest state senator in Maryland. Ferguson serves in the same district as gay delegate Luke Clippinger.