North Carolina’s Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Hopes To Avoid Marriage Inequality Amendment

Opponents of same-sex marriage in North Carolina are organizing in support of the May vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships, but the state’s presumptive Republican nominee would rather talk about something else. As the Charlotte Observer reports, Pat McCrory says he plans to vote for the measure but isn’t spending much time campaigning for it. “I’m in favor of it, and that’s all I’m commenting on because I’m concentrating on other issues,” McCrory told the Observer. “I’m not going to get into it. Let me say this: We’re taking it to the people and let them vote. I respect the opinions that are being presented on all sides, and I’ve stated how I plan to vote.” A recent poll found that 45 percent of North Carolina voters believe that marriage equality will be legal within a generation.