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North Carolina Voters Expected to Ban Gay Marriage

Posted on May 8, 2012

Even though Amendment One is expected to pass, a recent poll shows nearly 40 percent of North Carolina voters favor legalizing gay marriage.

A measure that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions is expected to pass Tuesday in North Carolina, according to the latest poll of likely voters there. If approved, Amendment One defining marriage as between one man and one woman would be added to the state’s constitution.

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The referendum holds a 16-point advantage, 55 percent in favor and 39 percent against, according to the Public Policy Polling survey, a left-leaning Raleigh-based firm. The numbers shifted little in the final week as big-names on either side of the debate – Rev. Billy Graham for and former President Bill Clinton against – made final pleas to persuade voters.

Many voters still don’t understand what the amendment would accomplish, pollster Tom Jensen said, noting that a majority of North Carolinians support some legal recognition for same-sex couples. “Opponents of the amendment had an uphill battle in convincing voters that it was anything other than a referendum on gay marriage, even though it does go a lot further than that” by forbidding civil unions and domestic partnerships, he said.

Jensen, whose firm worked for the anti-amendment campaign, believes the vote could get even more support, possibly as high as 59 percent.

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A Gallup poll released Tuesday shows that half of Americans support legalizing same-sex marriage. —TEB

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By Shenonymous, May 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment

berniem, you are probably right.  I am not gay but there are gays and
lesbians, both, in my family who are wonderful with just as wonderful
partners and who contribute positively to our society.  I have never
heard or noticed anyone in my rather large family who ever said or
did anything to denigrate these good people.

A majority of the voters’ mentality of North Carolina are Neanderthal
and generally are fools to religious dogma.  Boycotting North Carolina
is something rational Americans can do.  Withdraw all financial dealings
with anyone in the state.  Keep tourism dollars out of there. The Democratic
Party should cancel its convention there.
If it doesn’t, planned attendance should be rethought and bowed out of.

It is a Democratic President, President Obama, who will help bring DOMA
to an end.

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By LT, May 9, 2012 at 10:21 am Link to this comment
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This makes NC the perfect place to have the Democratic Convention. After all, it was a President from the Democratic Party that signed DOMA into law.

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By 3am mystic, May 9, 2012 at 5:23 am Link to this comment

To quote the JL, “I know I’m just a dreamer”.  But I have no doubt that many North Carolinians will soon look back on this and regret in deep pain how they voted against the rights of loving human beings.

The regret will come from various reasons.  Many who have young children and feel totaly confident of how they are going to raise their daughters and sons within the “straight and narrow” will be approached by those same children a few years from now to confess their love for another person of the same sex.  Or, it could simply be for some coming to terms with their own sexuality that they attempted to hide with a straight marriage and church.  But, my greatest hope is that most of these people who have bumper stickers asking “What would Jesus do?”, would actually becomes followers of Jesus rather than slaves of a culture that boasts of being “friendly”, but has a hardness, and sometimes hatred, for the different.  In case someone is asking “Who are You?”, I am one who grew up in the South.  I can remember beautiful Spring Sunday mornings in church, enjoyable Sunday dinners on the ground, and great fellowship with those who made sure they stayed within acceptable boundaries.  And I also remember many hateful and crude comments regarding Gays and lesbians, of how sick they were.

I realize that it is not only in the South we find this disdain for Gays, but it is the culture that boast of its Christianity.  Maybe some day the compassion and humility of Jesus will cure its sickness of heart.

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By LT, May 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment
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Only fitting that it’s the state where the Democratic Convention is being
held. It was a President from the Democratic Party that signed DOMA into

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By berniem, May 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment

Bet the democrats don’t cancel the convention! Send a message-boycott all future elections! FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!

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