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North Carolina voters will decide on May 8 whether or not to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, and almost every other possible human relationship once they vote on a proposed constitutional amendment.

Amendment One, as the proposal is known as, would give a new 'Section 6' to the North Carolina constitution. 'Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that will be valid or recognized within this state,' the new section would say.

'This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.'

President barack obama announced recently that he opposes the amendment. Newt Gingrich, however, said on April 24 he supports it.

Most polls reveal that North Carolina voters are ready to pass the amendment, but also that many voters don't realize the implications.

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The most recent PPP poll, released April 24, implies that 54% of respondents favor the measure, a drop of 4% from previous polling. Forty percent of respondents said they opposed the amendment, up from 38% in previous polls.

Black voters favor the amendment two-to-one, as well as Democratic primary voters are split evenly. The poll's margin of error is 2.9%.

Voters are still confused about Amendment One, however. Ten percent erroneously believe it legalizes same-sex marriage and another 27% said they are unsure what it really would do.

Previous PPP polling showed the proposed amendment winning 58%-38%. Market research USA poll, taken at about the same time, showed a margin of victory of 58%-36%.

In comparison, an Elon University poll showed voters rejecting the amendment with a margin of 62%-31%.

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Observers explained the radical difference between the Elon results and people generated by the other polls through the difference in how pollsters asked the question.

While PPP and Survey USA simply read the text from the amendment and asked if respondents supported or opposed it, Elon, asked a more explanatory question:

'Would you support or oppose an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that will prevent any same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships, or civil unions?'

Elon also polled far fewer respondents - only 534 as opposed to 1,191 surveyed by PPP and 1,001 by Survey USA.

Protect All New york Families, the coalition fighting Amendment One, put up its first couple of TV ads on April 24. Both ads highlight the way the amendment would hurt children.

One ad includes a woman concerned within the possibly of losing health insurance for her daughter.

'My fear with Amendment The first is that my daughter would lose her medical health insurance. Which she would lose it immediately simply because we're unmarried,' she says, talking about her off-screen same-sex partner. 'And that's really unfair which is completely arbitrary.'

In the second ad, a woman fears the amendment would invalidate the protective order she got against her abusive boyfriend, putting herself and her daughter at risk.

'And that will not only put my life in danger but it would put my daughter's life in danger,' she says. 'It makes me feel like I'm being victimized all over again.'

Dozens of Christian pastors also have publicly opposed to the amendment, saying that it runs counter to Christian principles of justice and fairness, and would harm children.

Jay Bakker, the son of evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, is scheduled to headline a faith-centered rally towards the amendment April 29 in Durham, which will include a march to cast early ballots.
 

Posted May 06, 2012 at 10:54am

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