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Opponents to NC constitutional ban on gay marriage announce strategy


RALEIGH, N.C. — A coalition consisting of state and national LGBTQ and human rights advocacy groups, faith organizations, communities of color, nonpartisan organizations, and business and community leaders is organizing an effort to defeat the proposed North Carolina constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages.

The Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families aims to influence North Carolina voters through 1 million conversations prior to the May 8 primary, reported WNCN-TV.

The Coalition maintains that, if passed, the amendment could have dangerous implications on domestic violence laws, threats to domestic partner benefits for public employees, harm to the state’s most vulnerable populations, including the working class, disabled, elderly and children.

They said the amendment would also prevent state-sanctioned civil unions and domestic partnerships, besides placing in the constitution what is already state law — that traditional marriage is the only kind recognized.

North Carolina’s state law currently defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, but is the only state in the Southeast that doesn’t have a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The North Carolina Senate voted 30-16 and the House 75-42 in September to take the issue to voters.

According to an Elon University poll done in September, 56 percent of North Carolinians oppose a ban on gay marriage.

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