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Half of North Carolinians oppose state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages
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|Description||Half of North Carolinians oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages in the Tar Heel State, according to the latest Elon University Poll, but just one fifth of respondents support full marriage rights for gays and lesbians. |
The poll, conducted March 15-19, surveyed 620 North Carolina residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.0 percentage points. Poll workers asked questions on several public policy issues, from same sex marriages to video poker to financial education in the public schools.
“Given the contention in opinions across these hot-button issues,” said Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll, “state legislators face some tough decisions in the coming months.”
Lawmakers in Raleigh have introduced a bill this year that would allow a referendum on the issue. Should the bill pass, North Carolina voters would get a chance to vote on making a ban part of the state constitution. Supporters have said an amendment would provide protection should the current law be overturned in the courts.
Fifty percent of respondents said they oppose a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Forty-three percent support a constitutional ban.
Regarding same-sex marriage, when asked directly about their position on the issue, respondents indicated the following:
Oppose any legal recognition for same-sex couples: 44 percent
Support civil unions or partnerships, but not full marriage rights: 28 percent
Support full marriage rights: 21 percent
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