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New poll shows NC’s marriage discrimination amendment is already unpopular

Posted By Rob Schofield On April 10, 2014 @ 2:37 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Gay marriage 3 [1]It’s been less than two years since North Carolina officially enshrined discrimination in its constitution by passing the execrable Amendment One. Now, less than 24 months later, just as Speaker Thom Tillis famously/infamously predicted, the law seems fast on its way to obsolescence and, ultimately, the dustbin of history.

Yesterday, lawyers with the ACLU of North Carolina asked a federal court to block enforcement of the law [2]on behalf of three same-sex couples seeking recognition of their marriages – a result that developments in other states makes increasingly plausible.

Now, today, new polling shows that a sizable majority of North Carolinians opposes the substance of the discrimination amendment. According to one of the nation’s most accurate polling shops, Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling [3], not only do 40% of voters (62% of young voters) favor total marriage equality, but:

“There is increasingly little division among voters in the state about whether gay couples should at least have some sort of legal rights in the form of civil unions. 62% support either marriage or civil unions for same sex couples to only 34% who think they should have no legal recognition at all. 68% of both Democrats and independents support at least civil unions, and even Republicans narrowly do by a 50/48 spread.”

The discrimination amendment, of course, bars even civil unions for same-sex couples. All in all, it’s hard to see how the amendment survives the decade — and maybe even the year. Stay tuned.


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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Gay-marriage-3.jpg

[2] asked a federal court to block enforcement of the law : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/09/same-sex-couples-ask-federal-court-to-block-enforcement-of-states-same-sex-marriage-and-second-parent-adoption-bans/

[3] According to one of the nation’s most accurate polling shops, Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2014/04/north-carolina-miscellany.html

[4] On the 2nd Anniversary of Amendment One, same-sex couples step up to be recognized : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/06/on-the-2nd-anniversary-of-amendment-one-same-sex-couples-step-up-to-be-recognized/

[5] Clergy join the court fight against bans on same-sex marriage, citing religious freedom : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/28/clergy-join-the-court-fight-against-same-sex-marriage-citing-religious-freedom/

[6] Keeping score in the fight for marriage equality : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/26/keeping-score-in-the-fight-for-marriage-equality/

[7] Fourth Circuit denies request for stay in same-sex marriage case : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/13/fourth-circuit-denies-request-for-stay-in-same-sex-marriage-case/

[8] The crazy arguments pro-discrimination forces apparently want A.G. Cooper to make : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/08/what-the-pro-discrimination-forces-apparently-want-attorney-general-cooper-to-argue/

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