Maryland voters are nearly evenly split on whether Maryland should become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.

Forty-nine percent of Marylanders who vote regularly oppose a law allowing gay marriage, while 48 percent support it, according to a survey conducted by the Annapolis-based Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies, Inc., The Washington Post reported.

The issue breaks down along race in Maryland, with a majority (51%) of white voters in favor of the law and a majority (59%) of African-Americans opposed.

Previous polls have shown a narrow majority of Marylanders in favor of marriage equality, including a January poll conducted by Gonzales.

Governor Martin O'Malley has pledged to shepherd a gay marriage bill in the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January. His first public move since announcing his support in July was appearing in the inaugural web video for the campaign released on Monday.

A majority (52%) also approve of the job O'Malley is doing, while 40 percent disapprove. A “fairly solid” ranking, noted Gonzales.

Gonzales polled 805 registered Maryland voters by telephone between September 19 – 27.