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Civil rights pioneer joins Marriage Equality campaign

Civil rights pioneer and NAACP Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond [1] has teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign [2] (HRC) for its Americans for Marriage Equality initiative.

Bond, who has long been a critic of marriage discrimination [3], is also lending his voice to support the recognition of same-sex marriage in Maryland in 2012.

In North Carolina, voters will decide next May whether or not to endorse a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

According to Public Policy Polling, 61 percent of North Carolina voters say they support the amendment ‚Äúdefining marriage as between a man and a woman” but 51 percent of those same voters also believe there should be legal recognition for same-sex couples.

PPP also noted last month [4] those fighting to defeat the amendment in North Carolina need to reach out to black Democrats. 70% of them support the amendment, whereas white Democrats oppose the amendment by a 57/37 margin.

To view Julian Bond’s video spot, click below:

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