A majority of North Carolinians oppose same-sex marriage but would also vote down a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey finds. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they would reject changing the constitution to prohibit gays and lesbians from marrying, which could come to a vote in the House as early as next week, including 63 percent of Democrats, 52 percent of independents, and even a plurality — 47 percent — of Republicans.
PPP explains that North Carolinians oppose the measure because they generally “favor of gay couples receiving the same legal rights as married couples do”:
When given the option of civil unions, 29% want them, and a quarter still favor full marriage rights, for 54% in support of legal equality, similar to the 55% who oppose the amendment. That includes 63% of independents and 68% of Democrats. “It’s pretty simple: North Carolinians don’t support gay marriage but they also don’t think this constitutional amendment is necessary,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “And they also think this particular proposal goes too far by targeting civil unions, which many voters in the state support.”
Yesterday, supporters of the constitutional amendment held a press conference at at which one preacher inserted a key into a lock to demonstrate how to consummate a marriage.