NC is #29

9 May

North Carolina has become the 29th state to include a ban on same-sex marriage in its constitution, with a majority 61% of votes. But the vote may be deceiving (as well as deceived). According to a Public Policy Polling poll (http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/05/final-nc-primary-poll.html#more):

In some sense North Carolinians are voting against their own beliefs. 53% of voters in the state support either gay marriage or civil unions, yet a majority also support the amendment that would ban both. The reason for that disconnect is even with just 24 hours until election day only 46% of voters realize the proposal bans both gay marriage and civil unions. Those informed voters oppose the amendment by a 61-37 margin but there may not be enough time left to get the rest of the electorate up to speed.

Intentional or not, what this means is that in the state where same-sex marriage was already banned, domestic partners will now lose any benefits they had been accorded “since marriage is now the only valid legal partnership in the state.”

It makes me think, as we go into the primaries in California on June 5th, that we owe it not only to ourselves but to each other to be informed when we exercise our right to vote.

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