Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Amendment One -- follow-up

Amendment One passed by about two to one (over 77% in my own rural county – "Right about then the Duke boys pulled up…").  Unfortunately that’s not surprising.  But to me, one of the most significant aspects of this story hasn’t been reported very much… which is that exit polling indicates that the majority of the people who voted for it, did not properly understand what they were voting for – that they thought it was just a vote against gay marriage – which is bad enough, but… 

“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” (emphasis added)

The majority of North Carolinians actually poll in favor of allowed civil unions or domestic partnerships (which, up until yesterday, was legal for gay couples in eight NC counties)… but apparently the majority of people who voted for Amendment One did not realize that they were voting against civil unions (not to mention common-law marriages and various other things).  I think this key fact has been very under-reported.

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