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Eight weeks out, outcome of marriage amendment could tilt either way (video)

Two months from today North Carolinians will go to the polls to vote in the May 8th primary. And David McLennan, political science chair at William Peace University, says the GOP presidential primary will have a significant impact on whether the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage passes in our state.

McLennan says if front-runner Mitt Romney has not clinched the nomination by May, that could bring more social conservative voters to the polls, increasing odds the discriminatory amendment will pass.

But he notes that recent polls have shown support for the anti-gay marriage amendment sliding a bit. That opens the door, according to McLennan,  for opponents to Amendment One to step-up their grassroots campaign over the next eight weeks and perhaps defeat the ballot initiative.

Indeed, next week hundreds of marriage-amendment opponents will march from N.C. State University’s Belltower to the General Assembly in what is being described as “a rally for love, freedom, and marriage.” More than 870 people have indicated they will participate in the Ides of Love, according to the event’s Facebook page.

This weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, political scientist David McLennan talks about the marriage amendment and runs down the other political races up and down the ticket. For a preview of that interview, click below:

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