A new Public Policy Polling poll shows that not only are North Carolina voters split on the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but they also don’t understand the extent of its impact. According to the poll, 58 percent of North Carolina voters say they will vote for the amendment in May, with respondents from all political parties supporting the measure. However, 56 percent of voters simultaneously report that they favor same-sex marriage (27 percent) or civil unions (29 percent).
This clear contradiction reveals a severe lack of education about the actual effect of the amendment. The text of it reads:
Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.
This means that the state constitution would ban recognition of all of the following:
- Same-sex marriages.
- Same-sex civil unions.
- Same-sex domestic partnerships.
- Opposite-sex domestic partnerships.
In fact, because of how the amendment was rushed through the legislature without proper checks on the text, it may even prohibit private businesses from offering benefits to domestic partners, including opposite-sex couples.
There seems to be a significant movable middle that would oppose the discriminatory amendment if they actually understood how harmful it could be to North Carolina society. Unfortunately, there are only 152 days until the vote to correct people’s misconceptions.