Equality NC and the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families will officially step-up their campaign next week to defeat the anti-gay marriage amendment on the May 8th ballot. But a new poll suggests their early groundwork to make voters aware of the broad and untested language of the proposed constitutional amendment is already having an impact.
The latest numbers by Public Policy Polling show 56% of North Carolina primary voters saying they would support the marriage amendment, with 34% opposed to it. That represents a two-percent shift since December, when the the outcome was 58/32.
PPP notes on its website that while the shift can be attributed to voters becoming more aware of how far reaching the amendment would be, those working to defeat the ballot initiative have more work to do:
“There are a lot of voters who are fine with civil unions but not with gay marriage who are planning right now to vote for the amendment, not realizing that it would ban civil unions too. But some of those folks are starting to move out of the ‘yes’ column, and getting a bunch more of them to will be the key to defeating the proposal.”
Critics of the amendment and legal scholars say it would not only prohibit same-sex marriage, as state statute already does, it would bar the state from passing civil unions, instituting domestic partnership rights, and invalidate trusts, wills, and end-of-life directives by one partner in favor of the other.